International Airlines Join U.S. in Avoiding Iranian Airspace After Drone Attack

22 Juin, 2019, 07:10 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption In 1988 a US warship shot down an Iranian airliner over the Persian Gulf killing 290

Japanese carriers Japan Airlines Co Ltd and ANA Holdings Inc also said they did not fly over the area.

Several of the world's top long-haul airlines operate from the Persian Gulf. Its sister airline, the low-priced carrier FlyDubai, said it "adjusted some of the existing flight paths in the region as a precautionary measure".

"The idea of closing the Strait of Hormuz would generate a very strong reaction", he told journalists in London.

"At 00:14 USA drone took off from UAE in stealth mode & violated Iranian airspace".

A spokesperson for the airline said: "We are carefully monitoring the ongoing developments and are in close contact with the relevant government authorities with regards to our flight operations, and will make further operational changes if the need arises". Along with the American drone was an American P-8 aircraft with 35 on board, and it was also violating our airspace and we could have downed it too.

Meanwhile, German airline Lufthansa said it was no longer flying planes over the Strait of Hormuz or the Gulf of Oman, AP reported.

The Strait of Hormuz is a v-shaped body of water connecting the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and offering an exit into the Arabian Sea (and the Indian Ocean), with Iran to its north and the United Arab Emirates and Oman to the south.

An official United Airlines statement said that customers flying on-board UA9239 (Mumbai-New York/Newark) will be re-booked on alternative flights back to the US.

"The [Notice to Airmen] warns pilots that flights are not permitted in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions that might place commercial flights at risk", the FAA said in a statement Thursday.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif late on Thursday evening also said that the debris of the United States drone had been retrieved from Iran's territorial waters where it was shot down proving that the aircraft was violating his country's airspace.

"There were numerous civil aviation aircraft operating in the area at the time of the intercept", the FAA warned.

That area probably only extends about 20 kilometres off of the Iranian coast, aviation experts said.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the drone on Thursday.

A USA official said the military had prepared limited strikes on Iran in retaliation for downing the drone, but approval was abruptly withdrawn Thursday night before the attacks were launched.

"I think probably Iran made a mistake". "I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it".

The paper claims multiple senior administration sources confirmed the plans.

Tensions between the US and Iran have been on the rise since the Trump administration withdrew from a 2015 nuclear accord between the two nations. Citing unspecified Iranian threats, the United States has sent an aircraft carrier to the Middle East and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. "We do not have any intention for war with any country, but we are fully ready for war", Revolutionary Guard commander general Hossein Salami said in a televised address Thursday.

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