SriLankan re-routes flights to avoid Iran

ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines said it was re-routing flights to London to avoid Iran, as a conflict escalation in the region, with the US aviation regulator also ordering American flights not to overfly the area.

“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,” SriLankan said in a statement.

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 US Federal Aviation Commission ordered American civil aircraft not to overfly Iran and Iraq.

“The (FAA) issues Notices to Airmen tonight outlining flight restrictions that prohibit US civil aviation operators from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman,” the agency said in a statement.

“The FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East.”

Iran launched missile attack on several Iraqi bases overnight, where US troops are stationed.

Conflicts escalated after US President Donald Trump, an impulsive nationalist who has steadily undermined a global rules based order, ordered the killing of Iranian defence minister who had landed in Iraq. (Colombo/Jan08/2020)