Monday, January 13, 2020

US eases ban on flights over Iranian airspace, India reviewing scenario

The US Federal Aviation Administration (USFAA) eased the ban on American airlines flying over the Iranian and Iraqi airspaces as well the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The American aviation regulator has now permitted American airlines to fly in and out of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Doha, Muscat, and Sharjah.

However, Indian authorities are still reviewing the scenario. The DGCA had asked all the Indian airlines to “reroute their flights (from affected airspaces) to ensure complete safety of passengers”. This announcement came after the USFAA prohibited their airlines to fly over the Gulf region and Iranian and Iraqi airspaces.

According to a report of Times of India, the sources suggest that India may allow its flights to go into Iranian airspace.

Aviation authorities here are closely watching the situation and could soon resume their pre-Wednesday routes between India and the west.

If the situation between Iran and US does not heat up, Indian airlines may resume flying there in a day or two, say sources.

Post the release of the FAA Notam on Wednesday, Air India had stopped its flights between India and the west in the Iranian airspace. The flying time from Delhi to Air India’s western locations has spiked by 20 minutes whereas, from Mumbai and southern cities, this time has increased by 40 minutes.
12/01/20 Indica News

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