A number of airlines including British Airways, Qantas, Lufthansa, KLM, Air India, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines and Qantas have all said they will avoid the airspace over Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman after FAA issued a notice-to-airman.

Middle eastern-based airlines, including Etihad, Emirates and Qatar also have rerouted their flights.

The reroutings have minimally affected the arrival and departure timings of some flights, but most of them are confronted with missed connections and other logistical problems.

Especially regional airlines have fallen victims avoiding the US war zone.

All flight operations in the over water area of the Tehran Flight Information Region (FIR) (OIIX) above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman only are prohibited until further notice due to heightened US military activities and increased political tensions in the region.

The risk of US civil aviation increased after a Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down a US military drone in Jun 19 while it was operating within southern Iranian air space in the vicinity of civil air routes above the Gulf of Oman.

News in Flight / ABC Flash Point News 2019.

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