Indian Carriers, Etihad Airways To Avoid Troubled Iranian Airspace
New Delhi: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has informed that Indian carriers will avoid the troubled Iranian airspace.
“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, said in a statement.
The decision will impact flights to US and Europe as they will be rerouted and take more time to arrive or depart.
However, Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani said, “There will no substantial effect on Air India flights. Details are being worked out for rerouting on incoming flights.”
US carrier United Airlines has already suspended the Mumbai-Newark (New York) flight service indefinitely.
“Given current events in Iran, we have conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace and decided to suspend our service,” United Airline statement said.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) based airline Etihad Airways has also issued a statement on airspace restrictions.
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.
Noteworthy, this comes after tensions between the United States and Iran escalated after Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot down a US military drone over its airspace on Thursday.