Those travelling to European destinations should allow for longer flight times because of the actions of the Iranian regime in firing missiles at airbases in Iraq used by Western military forces, and one that hit a Ukrainian airliner not long after take-off from Tehran on its way to Kiev.
Australian carrier Qantas said it was altering its London to Perth, Australia, route to avoid Iranian and Iraqi airspace until further notice. The longer route meant that Qantas would have to carry fewer passengers and more fuel to remain in the air for an extra 40 to 50 minutes.
Poland’s national carrier, PLL LOT, said Saturday — even before Iran’s retaliatory strike — that it was changing routes to bypass Iran’s airspace.
Paris-based Air France and Dutch carrier KLM both said Wednesday they had suspended all flights over Iran and Iraq airspace indefinitely.
Malaysia Airlines said that “due to recent events,” its planes would avoid Iranian airspace.
Singapore Airlines also said that its flights to Europe would be rerouted to avoid Iran.