United Airlines on Friday suspended its operations between Newark-Mumbai for an indefinite period amid tensions between the United States and Iran. The move has been taken after the US’ FAA issued an emergency order restricting US operators from flying over Iranian Airspace. United Airline in a statement said and I quote, “Given current events in Iran, United Airlines has conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace and decided to suspend our service between New York/Newark and India (Mumbai) beginning today evening.”
United Airlines statement: Given current events in Iran, United Airlines has conducted a thorough safety and security review of our India service through Iranian airspace and decided to suspend our service between New York/Newark and India (Mumbai) beginning today evening. pic.twitter.com/9QRZuPqvOr
— ANI (@ANI) June 21, 2019
United Airline issued this statement after the United States Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order prohibiting US operators from flying over the Iranian Airspace. As per the statement, the operations will begin from Friday evening effectively. Earlier, Iran in a statement claimed that they have shot down one US drone in an Iranian Airspace, to which the US declined immediately. Meanwhile, United Airline has said that they will onboard all passengers on alternative flights.
Meanwhile, US operators said that they have been in touch with their passengers for any assistance that is needed in the context of rebooking the flights. Also, the United Airline added that the US customers traveling on these flights will experience the extended timings due to the change in their regular and normal path. There have been heightened tensions between the United States and Tehran after the oil tanker attacks and the recent statement by Iran over knocking down the US Drone, which was declined by the United States immediately.