U.S.-Registered Commercial Airlines Barred from Mideast Airspace

Friday, June 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

21 Jun 2019

American-registered commercial aircraft were barred from entering Iranian-administered airspace in the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman on Friday, just 24-hours after the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) downed a U.S. military surveillance drone.

Dutch KLM and Australian carrier QANTAS have also voluntarily agreed not to overfly the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made the call in an emergency warning that pointed to a “potential for miscalculation or misidentification” in the region after an Iranian surface-to-air missile brought down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner and costing over $100 million.

“All flight operations in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region (FIR) (OIIX) above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman only are prohibited until further notice due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region, which present an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations and potential for miscalculation or mis-identification,” the FAA said in a press advisory.

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