Major international airlines have started diverting flights from Iranian airspace following Iran’s missile attacks at two Iraqi military bases housing US forces.
Several major airlines have decided to divert their flights from Iranian airspace after Iran fired over a dozen missiles at military bases housing US troops in Iraq.
Singapore Airlines issued a statement saying that its flights into and out of Europe have been diverted from Iranian airspace and that the airline is “monitoring the situation closely and will make the appropriate adjustments to our routes if necessary.”
Taiwan’s EVA Air said that its European flights have started avoiding Iran’s airspace to ensure safety while Malaysia Airlines has expressed that due to the recent conflicts, it “will be avoiding the conflict airspace of Iran.”
Meanwhile, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a notice restricting non-military US aircraft “from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.”
Major US airlines, including American Airlines and Delta Airlines currently do not fly over Iran. In June, United Airlines was forced to adjust one of its flights to avoid the Iranian airspace after a US drone was shot down in the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported early Wednesday morning that a Boeing 737 from Ukraine International Airlines has crashed near Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran. It had 176 passengers and crew aboard, all of whom reportedly died.
While ISNA reported that the crash was due to technical difficulties, the circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined. According to a Boeing spokesperson, they are “aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information.”
Iran’s missile attacks was in retaliation of the US airstrike at Baghdad International Airport that killed Qasem Soleimani, a key Iranian military commander.