Indian Airlines decides to avoid Iranian airspace
New Delhi: Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the affected part of the Iranian airspace to ensure safe travel for passengers and reroute all flights suitably.
The DGCA tweeted in connection to this development.
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.
— DGCA (@DGCAIndia) June 22, 2019
The announcement comes after Iran on Thursday shot down a US military drone in its airspace, following which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had warned of a possibility that commercial aircraft can be mistakenly targeted in Iranian airspace. The FAA is the American aviation regulator.
On Friday, the FFA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating “in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions”.
Consequently, major airlines around the world have already rerouted their aircraft.
Meanwhile, Air India Chairman, Ashwani Lohani said that no substantial effect will be on flights of Air India. He said details are being worked out for rerouting on incoming flights.