Following the security events involving the shootdown of a U.S. drone by Iran, the US Federal Aviation Administration has now prohibited all US registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.
As a result of this, U.S. airlines now have to adjust their routes and in some cases (like long non-stop flights) that’s not possible so United for example cancelled their Newark to Mumbai route altogether.
The world has plenty of hotspots at the moment with restrictions of Pakistani airspace that also forced airlines to change their routes as well as the blockade of Qatar Airways flights in the Gulf region.
In fact this Iran matter could become a giant problem for Qatar Airways should something like an ongoing military conflict really break out. That would leave QR with very space to get in and out of Doha.
The FAA had issued their advisory on Thursday evening and also issued a Tweet:
United has canceled their UA48 from Newark to Mumbai according to the directive:
I wouldn’t be surprised if other countries authorities will follow the airspace restriction or airlines will voluntarily change their routes at some point.
Hopefully this matter will be resolved in a diplomatic way at some point. The implications of an armed conflict would be disastrous for either party involved.
Until then passengers have to fifure out the best options to circumvent the area. I don’t feel comfortable flying over crisis spots considering the history where passenger jets have been shot down by the military.