Longer flights as KLM suspends air travel over Strait of Hormuz because of Iran – US conflict

KLM aircrafts have decided to no longer fly above the Strait of Hormuz after the downing of an American drone by an Iranian rocket yesterday, reports NOS.

It was on the recommendation of an international system. According to VVD MP Koopmans, this international system, that was set up after the downing of flight MH17 in 2014, which needs to “quickly identify unsafe flying areas”, has done its job.

“Safety is our top priority for us. We are following all developments relating to airspace safety closely and are organizing the operation in such a way that flight safety is guaranteed,” says KLM. However, this means that flights between Asia and Europe will be taking longer and a lot more fuel.

American airlines have also adopted the same decision, which prohibits them from flying above the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman “due to safety concerns”.

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Kavana Desai
Kavana Desaihttps://medium.com/@kavanadesai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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