Cathay Pacific stops flights over Iran after missile warning

HONG Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has suspended flights over Iran and the Caspian Sea after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a warning about missiles being fired at Syria.

The air safety fears come as investigators issued their final report into the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, concluding it was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile fired from war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

The EASA has stepped in as Russia intensified its air campaign against Islamic militants in Syria. Last week Moscow launched a salvo of cruise missiles from its warships in the Caspian.

Cathay Pacific said on Wednesday it had suspended flights in response to the dangers.

"In view of the situation in the region, Cathay Pacific suspended all flights over Iran and Caspian Sea since last Thursday until further notice," it said in a statement.

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