Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace as tensions between US, Iran escalate

Amid escalating geopolitical tensions between the United States and Iran, India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the “affected part of the Iranian airspace” and reroute their flight “accordingly”.

On Friday, the American aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) forbidding US-registered aircraft from operating “in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions”.

“All Indian operators in consultation with the DGCA have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian Airspace to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably,” the DGCA said on Twitter.

On Thursday, Iran shot down a US military drone in its airspace, following which the FAA had warned that there is a possibility that commercial aircraft can be mistakenly targeted in Iranian airspace.

Consequently, major airlines around the world have already rerouted their aircraft.