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Airlines cancel and divert flights passing over Iran after it shot down a US drone



  • Airlines around the world are canceling or rerouting flights to avoid parts of Iran's airspace after Iran shot down at US drone.
  • British Airways, United, KLM, and Lufthansa are among carriers to change their plans after Iran's military shot down A large military drone over the Strait of Hormuz
  • Iran's geography means that it is often flown over by services from the US to India, and also flights between Australia and Europe.
  • The US Federal Aviation Administration banned US carriers from parts of that airspace. Some airlines have been even more cautious and made bigger changes to the routes.

Airlines have canceled or diverted dozens of flights across Iran amid heightened tensions in the region after Iran shot down a US drone on Wednesday. [AtleastsevenairlineshavesaidthattheymakechangestotheirplanstopassthroughIrancontrolledairspacecitingsecurityconcerns

It comes after the US Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday banned US commercial carriers from a small area of ​​Iranian airspace. Many carriers are taking an even more cautious approach.

Here is the list of airlines and what they have said.

United Airlines: New Jersey to Indian route suspended

US carrier United Airlines has suspended its flights to Mumbai, India, from Newark, New Jersey, after a "thorough safety and security review."

A spokesman told Reuters: " We continue to explore all our options and remain in close contact with relevant government authorities."

He said that customers looking to return to the US from Mumbai can be booked on an alternative flight.

British Airways: Rerouting flights in line with FAA guidance

In a statement to Business Insider, British Airways said it "will adhere to the requirements" of the FAA's order, even though it doesn't apply to non-US airlines.

"Our security and security team are constantly liaising with autho rities around the world as part of their comprehensive risk assessment into every route we operate. "

KLM: Rerouting flights to avoid Strait of Hormuz

KLM, the national carrier of the Netherlands, said Reuters on Friday that it is no longer flying over the Strait of Hormuz

Malaysia Airlines: Avoiding Iranian airspace

Malaysia Airlines customs Reuters that it is avoiding Iran's airspace.

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"The airline is closely monitoring the situation and is guided by various assessments, including security reports and notices to airmen," it said.

Qantas : No planes over Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf

Australian carrier Qant as is re-routing its flights over the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, a spokesman customs The Sydney Morning Herald.

Lufthansa: Avoiding Strait of Hormuz

A spokesman for German airline Lufthansa said its flights have avoided the Strait of Hormuz since Thursday, though its flight is still going to Tehran, Iran's capital city

Singapore Airlines: Unspecified longer routes

Singapore Airlines customs Reuters that some of its flights may have to take longer routes to avoid the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf

Etihad Airways: No changes yet, but monitoring

United Arab Emirates airline Etihad Airways customs Reuters that it has been monitoring the situation in Iran and had developed contingency plans.

"We will deci the further action is required after carefully evaluating the FAA directive, "it said. "We are working closely with the United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority."

Ethiad's global hub is in Abu Dhabi, close to Iran, meaning that all flights could be a difficult exercise. [19659006]  Flights over Iran FlightRadar24

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 showed on Friday morning that Emirates, FlyDubai, Pakistan Airlines, and Qatar Airways were among the airlines still flying in the region, as well as Ethiad Airways

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