Garuda Alters Flight Routes Over Middle East
Garuda Indonesia Follows Government Recommendation by Exercising Caution When Flying Over the Middle East and Avoiding Iranian and Iraqi Air Space
Indonesia's national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has reconfigured its flight routes to and from Europe to avoid flying over Iranian and surrounding airspace. As quoted by Tempo.co, the operational director of Garuda Indonesia, Tumpal Manumpak Hutapea, said flights to and from Europe that once passed through Bucharest Air Space have been diverted to air space over Egypt and Greece.
Flight services to and from Europe continue to operate as planned despite the security precautions taken on routing matters,
Both NusaBali and Tempo.co report that Garuda’s change of flight paths was announced on January 9, 2020, following an air space prohibition issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the increasing tensions and war footings between the USA and Iran. The same recommendations to avoid Iranian and surrounding air spaces have also been issued by the Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Garuda and Indonesian Aviation Authorities will continue to intensively monitor developments in the Middle East, primarily Iran.
Following Iran’s recent missile attack on Iraqi Air Bases used by US Armed Forces, the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation issued warnings to all national air carriers to increase their level of alertness and avoid flying over several countries in the Middle East. The Director-General of Air Transportation, Polana B. Pramesti, has said that the conditions in air space over Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman demands extra caution and Indonesian airplanes should distance themselves from areas of conflict. The cautionary warning applies also to Indonesian airlines flying to and from Saudi Arabia.
Polana issued a formal letter from his office (No. AU.008/1/2/DRJU.DAU/2020 - 8 Januari 2020) urging caution and flight route changes for Indonesian carriers flying over Middle Eastern airspace.