Malaysia Airlines will avoid 'conflict airspace' of Iran


The US Federal Aviation Authority on Wednesday also barred US airlines from flying over Iraq and Iranian airspace in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general, firing a series of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing USA troops in a major escalation that brought the two longtime foes closer to war.

An worldwide aviation team has been activated to support "effective coordination and communication" between airlines and countries as tensions mount in the Middle East after a USA drone attack killed an Iranian military commander, the global Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Defense released a statement to confirm that Iran fired more than a dozen misses at two bases that hold American troops.

In the meantime, aviation regulator DGCA has also asked Indian airlines to remain vigilant and take all precautions flying operation in airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and the waters of Persian Gulf.

On January 3, the U.S. took down Soleimani in a drone strike. "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression", Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.

'The safety of our passengers and employees is of the highest importance, and we continue to closely monitor developments in Iraq, ' the airline said in a statement.

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"All SIA flight routes are being diverted from the Iranian airspace", the airline said in an e-mail, without giving a reason for the diversion.

Sources in Air India said that the airline has already started to fly around the Iranian airspace.

A similar advisory previous year had affected 20 flights of Indian carriers, including two of IndiGo and nine each of Air India Express and Air India.

The changes come hours after Iran launched a missile attack on Iraqi airbases housing U.S. forces and a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Iran's main airport.

The attack was in retaliation by Iran for the killing of its general, Qassem Soeimanni, last week in Baghdad by a US airstrike.

Qantas said none of its planes were in the region when Tehran launched "tens" of surface-to-surface missiles at the Al-Assad and Erbil bases in response to America's killing of a top Iranian general.

On Monday, Germany published a new warning for Iraq, indicating areas of concern for overflying traffic, according to a report published by OPSGROUP.