Indian Airlines Avoiding Iranian Airspace Amid Iran-Israel Tensions

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New Delhi: Amid escalating tensions that evoke a wartime atmosphere between Iran and Israel, Indian airlines have taken precautionary measures to safeguard their operations. They are avoiding Iranian airspace and opting for alternative routes to ensure the safety and security of their operations, according to reports.

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  • Major Indian airlines, including Air India and Vistara, are altering flight paths for Europe and the Middle East due to escalating tensions between Iran and Israel.
  • The decision to avoid Iranian airspace comes in response to the Indian government’s advisory urging citizens to steer clear of travel to Iran.
  • Airlines are taking longer routes to ensure passenger safety and operational stability, prioritizing precautionary measures during periods of heightened geopolitical tensions.
  • In the statement, Vistara Air said, “Due to the current situation affecting parts of the Middle East, we are making changes to flight-paths of some of our flights. Contingency routes, which are kept available to ensure operational continuity during such eventualities, are being used instead.”
  • Air India said in a statement, “We are closely monitoring the developing situation in the Middle East. Presently, our aircraft will operate on alternate flight paths to and from India- according top priority to the safety of our passengers and crew.”
  • Earlier on April 12, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a travel advisory to Indian citizens on Friday and asked them to refrain from travelling to both countries until further notice.
  • The ministry further asked people who are currently in Iran or Israel to contact Indian embassies and register themselves.
  • Tensions escalated between Iran and Israel amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. As has been reported globally, Tehran vowed revenge after Israel launched airstrikes on the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus.

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