I flew IST
yesterday and was surprised by the flight path as it added 2-3 hours to the flight. In Europe, instead of heading toward Germany/France and just south of UK, the plane flew north toward Sweden and north of UK. What's the reason for this? From IAD
/ KIAD), USA - Virginia">IAD
/ LTBA), Turkey">IST
, the flight path was much more reasonable (going through Germany) and hence the flight was 2-3 hours shorter.