All Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace amid US-Iran tensions


All Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace amid US-Iran tensions

Dubai - India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) confirmed the news in a tweet.

By Sarwat Nasir

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Published: Sun 23 Jun 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 23 Jun 2019, 9:39 AM

Leading airlines around the world, including all UAE airlines, are rerouting some of their flight paths to avoid Iranian airspace amid the ongoing US-Iran tensions.
UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) called on registered air operators to avoid operating in areas "that could jeopardise civil aviation safety and operations".
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India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) announced that all Indian airlines have decided to avoid the affected parts of the Iranian airspace.

British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines and American-registered airlines are adjusting their flight paths to also avoid flying over parts of Iran. 
The safety precautions are being taken after the US Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order to ban American carriers from flying over Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, both which are in Iran-controlled airspace.
Abu Dhabi-operated airline Etihad had issued a statement on Saturday in regards to rerouting some of its flights. "Following the decision yesterday of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 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 safety of our passengers and staff is the highest priority for Etihad Airways, and we are continually engaging with regulatory authorities and conducting our own risk assessments to ensure that our standards are not compromised," the statement said.
DCGA also confirmed the flight path adjustment news on its Twitter. The authority had tweeted: "All Indian operators in consultation with DGCA have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian Airspace to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably."
The ban by the US FAA came a day after Iran shot down a US drone, the unarmed Global Hawk Aircraft, on Thursday.

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