Indian Airlines To Start Rerouting Flights From Affected Part Of Iranian Airspace, Says DGCA

Indian Airlines To Start Rerouting Flights From Affected Part Of Iranian Airspace, Says DGCAAir India aircraft are seen parked on the tarmac of the international airport in Mumbai. (Sattish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Even as tensions remain high between the United States (US) and Iran in the Middle East, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s civil aviation regulator, has issued an order that Indian airlines will begin to reroute their flights to avoid affected portions of Iranian airspace, reports Business Standard.

The regulator said this decision was taken in consultation with Indian carriers. In a similar move yesterday (21 June), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US had released a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), barring aircraft registered in the country from flying over the over water part of the Tehran Flight Information Region.

Large numbers of airlines across the world have followed suit and have decided to avoid parts of Iranian airspace for safety. On Thursday (20 June), Iran had shot down a US military surveillance drone, and there are fears that amidst a rise in security incidents in the region, a civilian airliner may also be mistakenly targeted.