BA boss: We fly over Iraq because we consider it safe

British Airways' boss said the airline will continue to fly over Iraq, despite other European firms diverting their planes amid heightened fears following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA's owners International Airlines Group, told the Financial Times (£) he considered the airspace safe.

British Airways chief Willie Walsh said airline will continue to fly over Iraq. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

"We fly over Iraq because we consider it safe - if we thought Iraq was unsafe we would not fly over Iraq," he said.

BA had decided not to fly over Ukraine prior to the MH17 crisis.