UAE airline announces delays, increased journey times

 

UAE airline announces delays, increased journey times

Abu Dhabi - The airline has suspended operations through the Iranian airspace.

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Published: Sat 22 Jun 2019, 1:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 23 Jun 2019, 1:26 PM

Following the decision of the US Federal Aviation Administration, on Friday, June 22, to restrict US airline operations in Iranian-controlled airspace, Etihad Airways consulted closely with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and other UAE airlines to evaluate the US action.
Etihad Airways has subsequently suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, and will use alternative flight paths on a number of routes to and from Abu Dhabi until further notice. 
These changes will cause delays on some departures from Abu Dhabi, due to increased congestion in available airspace, and will increase journey times on some routes.
The airline said in a statement, that the safety of its passengers and staff is the highest priority for Etihad Airways, and that the airline is continually engaging with regulatory authorities and conducting risk assessments to ensure that its standards are not compromised.
Etihad Airways will provide updates of affected flights on its global website, etihad.com.
For further information, please call the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on (+971) 600 555 666, or check the status of your flight on etihad.com, or through our mobile app.
reporters@khaleejtimes.com



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