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Amid US-Iran tensions, Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace, says DGCA

Amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, following the shooting down of an American drone over the Strait of Hormuz, the Indian aviation regulatory body on Saturday said its airlines would avoid the affected part of the Iranian airspace and re-route their flights.

"All Indian operators in consultation with DGCA have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian Airspace to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Twitter.

The DGCA order comes a day after the US Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency directive, restricting US-registered aircraft from operating over the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman and the overwater area of the Tehran airspace.

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