Air France reopens U.S. flights to passengers hit by travel ban

Reuters , Saturday 4 Feb 2017

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An Air France Airbus A380 lands at Dulles International Airport in Virginia June (File Photo: Reuters)

Air France said on Saturday it had reopened U.S.-bound flights to passengers affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, after the executive order was temporarily suspended by a federal court.

"Starting today we are implementing this court decision," Air France spokesman Herve Erschler said.

"Nationals from the countries concerned are being authorised to fly once again to the United States, providing their papers and visas are in order."

Erschler said American government representatives in Paris had advised local airlines they could resume U.S.-bound services for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. A federal judge in Seattle on Friday suspended Trump's week-old executive order barring their travel.

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