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SriLankan alters flight routes to avoid Iran, Iraq airspace

National carrier SriLankan Airlines has altered its Colombo-London-Colombo flight route in view of raised tensions in the Middle East.

“Due to the prevailing unsettled situation in the Persian Gulf region, SriLankan Airlines has altered the route of its Colombo-London-Colombo flights to avoid the airspace of Iran and Iraq with immediate effect, as a precautionary measure,” the airline announced a short while ago.

The announcement also follows unrelated news of a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 carrying at least 170 people crashing shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing everyone on board.

“SriLankan Airlines is closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with relevant national and international authorities, with the safety of its passengers and crew members being of paramount importance,” the airline added.

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