Several major international airlines announced Wednesday they will
divert flights around Iranian airspace after a missile attack by Tehran
that targeted U.S. bases in Iraq, and a government ban on American
flights in the Persian Gulf region.
Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines and
Qantas were among the carriers who said they will avoid Iranian airspace
amid the escalating conflict between Iran and the United States.
Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq early
Wednesday where U.S. and coalition forces were stationed -- retaliation
for a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad last week that killed Iranian
Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani.
Many air routes connecting Southeast Asia and Europe pass over Iran.
Singapore Airlines said it is "monitoring the situation closely" and
will make "appropriate adjustments to our routes if necessary." Taiwan's
EVA Air said it had already begun avoiding Iran as a precautionary
Major U.S. commercial airlines do not fly over Iran, but the Federal
Aviation Administration issued flight restrictions Tuesday barring U.S.
civil aviation operators from airspace over Iraq and the waters of the
Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.
"The FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East. We
continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing
information with U.S. air carriers and foreign civil aviation
authorities," the agency said.
A Ukrainian Boeing 737 taking off from Iran crashed Wednesday near Imam
Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, killing all 176 people on
board, Iranian state news media said.
The Ukraine International Airlines flight was headed for Kiev with 167
passengers and nine crew when it crashed near Parand, about 35 miles
southwest of Tehran.
Iranian and Ukrainian officials said the crash was likely the result of a technical failure.
U.S. President Donald Trump said he will respond to the missile attack Wednesday morning.
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