FAA bans US airlines from overflying Iran and Iraq
Airlines are being forced to divert flights, resulting in longer flying times and potential delays, following heightened tensions between the United States and Iran.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice that prohibits US civil aviation operators from flying over Iranian and Iraqi airspace following a missile attack on US forces in Iraq. The restrictions are precautionary to prevent passenger aircraft from being mistaken for those engaged in armed conflict.
An airline expert advises that agents with passengers who have bookings on routes overflying Iran should check with the airline concerned if flights are being delayed.
The airline expert reminds agents that where passengers are not booked on a through ticket, they may miss their onward flights and incur additional costs.