Etihad Airways Suspends Operations Over Iranian Airspace

Etihad Airways has suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, it announced on Saturday.

In a statement, the national airline of the UAE said, “Following the decision yesterday of the US Federal Aviation Administration to restrict US airline operations in Iranian-controlled airspace, Etihad Airways consulted closely with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and other UAE airlines to evaluate the US action.”

“Etihad Airways has subsequently suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, and will use alternative flight paths on a number of routes to and from Abu Dhabi until further notice,” it added.

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The airline said that these changes will cause delays on some departures from Abu Dhabi, “due to increased congestion in available airspace, and will increase journey times on some routes.”

Leading airlines around the world, are rerouting some of their flight paths to avoid Iranian airspace amid the ongoing US-Iran tensions. British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and American-registered airlines are also adjusting their flight paths.