- Most of the world’s airlines, from Holland to Hong Kong, decided to change their tracks away from the Strait of Hormuz, avoiding the Iranian terrorism.
In a row, a group of international airlines announced a change in their flights so they would not pass over the Strait of Hormuz in anticipation of the danger posed by Iranian policy.
Since the US Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order last Thursday banning American airlines from flying over Iranian-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman due to increased tension in the region, a group of international companies has announced a change in their flight routes.
Some international airlines have taken precautionary measures after the US administration order, according to Reuters.
Gulf Air, the flag carrier of Bahrain, said it considers changing the route of the flights and work with the competent authorities on contingency plans to follow if the situation deteriorates further.
Etihad Airways has announced that it has agreed to change the number of aircraft routes to and from the Gulf after consultations with the General Authority of Civil Aviation in the UAE.
Cathay Pacific Airways, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, said its flights would not fly over the Strait of Hormuz and that the company would review the said areas to ensure the safety of all flight routes.
Emirates Airlines issued a statement on Friday saying: “Given the current situation, Emirates has taken precautionary measures, including changing the routes of all flights away from any potential risk zone.” Flydubai, the sister company of Emirates Airlines, has revised some existing routes in the region and will make further changes if necessary.
For its part, British Airways has announced its commitment to the US Federal Aviation Administration’s guidance to avoid the Iranian airspace and said its flights will continue using alternative routes.
KLM, the royal Dutch airlines, also announced that its flights would not pass over the Strait of Hormuz, while Australia’s Qantas decided to adjust its routes in the Middle East to avoid crossing over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman until further notice.
Air France said its flights do not pass over the Straits of Hormuz and that the company is in constant contact with civil aviation authorities in France and Europe to assess any potential risks.
Similarly, spokesman of the Norwegian Airlines said that it had no flights scheduled to pass over Iran on Friday “but we are watching the situation closely and will divert flights if necessary”.
The Scandinavian Airlines (SAAS), the flag carrier of Sweden, said it was following the situation despite not having flights in that area. Singapore Airlines said its flights would take slightly longer routes to avoid the Strait of Hormuz because of the tension.
The German company Lufthansa said it had stopped flying over parts of Iran but still served Tehran, while Malaysia Airlines confirmed it had avoided airspace over the Strait of Hormuz on its flights from and to London, Jeddah, and Medina.
In the same vein, LOT Polish airlines said it had decided to change routes to and from Singapore due to tension in the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.