Air India, AI Express Rerouting Flights That Usually Take Iranian Airspace
Hours after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 people crashed near Tehran and Iranian government conducted missile strikes against U.S. military bases in Iraq, Air India said it is temporarily rerouting its flights and that of its subsidiary Air India Express, which use Iranian airspace.
"In light of the tensions within the Iranian airspace a decision to temporarily reroute flights of Air India and Air India Express overflying Iran has been taken. This may lead to increase in flying time by approximately 20 minutes for flights from Delhi and 30 to 40 minutes for flights from Mumbai," said the airline's spokesperson.
Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Wednesday morning asked Indian airlines to remain vigilant and take all precautions in airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and waters of Persian Gulf, hours after the crash of Ukrainian International airlines flight that killed 176 people near Tehran.