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Air India, Vistara flights to keep away from Iranian airspace

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Air India flights to Frankfurt on Saturday bypassed Iran and flew over Tajikistan leading to longer flight period
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Amidst rising tensions in West Asia, Air India and Vistara selected Saturday to keep away from using Iranian airspace, which is anticipated to impression flights to Frankfurt, New York and Newark, and should end in increased airfares.

Air India and Vistara flights to Frankfurt on Saturday bypassed Iran and flew over Tajikistan leading to a flight period of eight hours as a substitute of the same old 7 hours and half-hour.

“Contingency routes, which are kept available to ensure operational continuity during such eventualities, are being used,” mentioned a Vistara spokesperson.

It stays to be seen what route Air India’s extremely long-haul flights to the U.S. will take. The airliner’s 11 leased Boeing 777 plane, used for these flights, do not need satisfactory oxygen storage for flying over the Hindukush mountains enroute to Tajikistan. These Boeing 777s have oxygen for emergency use for quarter-hour per passenger whereas flying over the Hindkush wants oxygen for no less than 22 minutes per passenger because the plane has to fly at the next altitude to remain away from the vary.

In an announcement, Air India mentioned: “Our aircraft will operate on alternate flight paths to and from India.”

On Friday, Lufthansa introduced that it’ll keep away from the Tehran airspace. Flights to Delhi on Saturday, which lower throughout Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE and Pakistan to enter India, took 9 hours 47 minutes, up from the same old eight hours.

“Safety is our top priority and due to the current situation in the Middle East we have taken the decision to circumvent Iranian airspace,” mentioned a Lufthansa spokesperson.

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