Air­lines reroute flights af­ter Iran downs US mil­i­tary drone

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - WEATHER -

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMI­RATES >> Air­lines rerouted flights Fri­day to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hor­muz af­ter Iran shot down a U.S. mil­i­tary sur­veil­lance drone there and Amer­i­can avi­a­tion of­fi­cials warned that com­mer­cial jet­lin­ers could be mis­tak­enly at­tacked amid ten­sions be­tween Tehran and Wash­ing­ton.

Lo­cal long-haul car­ri­ers Emi­rates and Eti­had were among those that changed flight routes in an area that is home to ma­jor hubs of global air travel. That could fur­ther im­peril the bot­tom lines of Per­sian Gulf long­haul car­ri­ers.

“The threat of a civil air­craft shoot­down in south­ern Iran is real,” warned Ops­group, a com­pany that ad­vises air­lines, cit­ing as an ex­am­ple the down­ing of a Malaysia Air­lines jet­liner over east­ern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion warned of a “po­ten­tial for mis­cal­cu­la­tion or misiden­ti­fi­ca­tion” in the re­gion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.