Etihad, Qantas pull flights from Strait of Hormuz as US-Iran war looms

Major global airlines including Etihad, Qantas said they have rerouted their flights away from the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

These alerts are coming in as Iran and the US are on likely collision in a war situation.

Abu Dhabi-based long-haul carrier Etihad says it has “contingency plans” after the U.S. barred American-registered planes from flying through Iranian-administered airspace in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

Etihad’s statement to The Associated Press on Friday come as after a warning from the Federal Aviation Administration following Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone on Thursday.

Etihad said in a statement: “Etihad Airways is carefully monitoring the current situation. Contingency plans are in place, and we will decide what further action is required after carefully evaluating the FAA directive to U.S. carriers.”

Other major carriers such as Qantas, Franco-Dutch carrier, KLM said it will rereouute flights from the Strait.

Earlier today, US said its surveillance drone at the Strait of Hormuz was shot down by an Iranian missile. Iran has not claimed nor deny the allegation.

There are fears that an all out war could break out between the US the Islamic Republic of Iran after the latter pulled out of the Nuclear deal as stated in the JCPOA and imposing economic sanctions on Iran.

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