Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace, says DGCA

Amid spiralling tensions between the US and Iran, India's aviation regulator on Saturday said Indian air carriers have decided to avoid the "affected part of the Iranian airspace" and reroute their flight "suitably". "All Indian operators in consultation with Directorate General of Civil Aviation have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian Airspace to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably," the DGCA said on Twitter.

The Indian DGCA announcement came a day afterthe American aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating "in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions".

On Thursday, Iran shot down a US military drone in its airspace, following which the FAA had warned that there is a possibility that commercial aircraft can be mistakenly targeted in Iranian airspace. Consequently, major airlines around the world have already rerouted their aircraft.