UAE Airlines continues to operate as normal and have not altered their flight’s paths, despite a warning by the US aviation authority that “heightened military activities” pose an “inadvertent risk” to commercial aircraft flying over the region.
Dubai’s Emirates airline said in a statement it was continuing to operate as normal: “At this time, there are no changes to our flight operations. We are in close contact with the relevant authorities in the UAE and internationally and are monitoring the situation closely.”
A Flydubai spokesperson said: “Flydubai follows international approved flight paths, we are aware of the notice and we will continue to monitor the situation and comply with any directives issued by our regulator GCAA.”
Similar statements were also issued by other UAE Airlines Etihad Airways and Air Arabia.
The FAA warning also comes as the Lloyd’s of London insurance firm on Friday widened its list of areas in and around the Gulf posing “enhanced risk for marine insurers”. The move comes after four ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, were damaged in attacks off the coast of the UAE.
In a statement issued today by the Saudi Press Agency, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of the State for Foreign Affairs and Member of the Cabinet, stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want a war in the region and does not seek to do so and will do its utmost to prevent this war, while stressing that if the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond firmly and decisively and will defend itself and its interests.