The journey from Manchester to Doha involves flying over Libya and Egypt but not the Sinai Peninsula, also the flight flies over Paris.

Is this safe?

Is Qatar airways taking a safe route or should I fly with a different airline like Etihad?

The news about Egypt and Emirates and unsafe zones such as Libya and just the recent news has got me nervous.

I have flown with Qatar before and the flight was very smooth, thank God.

EDIT: I am mostly worried about flying over or skirting over Libya, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Syria because of recent news and because these are so called terrorist zones.

I had checked the route of the flight by using the routemap on Qatar Airways website and it should skirt over Libya and Egypt.

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    What is safe and what is not, at the end of the day, is opinion based. There's a spectrum here roughly between living inside a nuclear shelter and never setting foot outside and going on an aerial sightseeing tour over Aleppo. – chx Aug 4 '16 at 4:44
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    Airline route maps are like subway maps, they're simplified to be easy to understand. The maps I link in my answer are the actual flight routes. – lambshaanxy Aug 4 '16 at 8:56

It's perfectly safe. Qatar Airways flights from Manchester to Doha actually do not pass over Libya or Egypt, but skirt east of Syria and Iraq by flying over Iran: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/QTR22/history/20160801/0800Z/EGCC/OTHH

This is precisely the same route as that flown by Etihad's Manchester flights: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/ETD16/history/20160801/0810Z/EGCC/OMAA

I'm also not sure why you're worried about Paris, it requires very heavy weaponry to hit an airliner flying 10 km overhead.

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  • ..not just weaponry - you need sophisticated radar systems as well and it was confirmed that no terrorist organizations in those areas (definitely not in France) has that kind of weaponry. – Burhan Khalid Aug 4 '16 at 6:22

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