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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced its decision to cease using Iranian airspace as a “precautionary measure” amidst escalating tensions in the Middle East. The move follows Iran’s launch of over 200 drones and missiles towards Israel, raising concerns of a broader conflict. This escalation came after Iran vowed retaliation for an Israeli strike on April 1, which targeted an Iranian diplomatic building in Syria, resulting in the deaths of seven members of the elite Revolutionary Guards, including two generals.

Responding to queries, SIA stated that effective from 1300hrs (Singapore time) on April 13, all Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights have stopped overflying Iranian airspace and have opted for alternative flight paths. The airline assured that it is closely monitoring the situation and will adjust flight paths as necessary.

SIA’s decision mirrors actions taken by other airlines, such as Lufthansa and its subsidiary Austrian Airlines, which have also suspended flights over Iranian airspace. Lufthansa extended its suspension of flights to and from Tehran, citing the current situation as the reason for the decision. Austrian Airlines emphasized the safety of passengers and crews as their top priority, closely evaluating the Middle East situation and maintaining close contact with authorities.

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In response to soaring tensions, Australian airline Qantas has redirected its long-haul flights between Perth and London to avoid Iranian airspace. Additionally, Israel and neighboring Jordan have announced the closure of their airspace.

The threat of reprisals from Iran looms large following the April 1 strike in Syria, with Iran blaming Israel for the attack. Israel, in turn, has intensified strikes against Iran-linked targets in Syria since the onset of the Gaza Strip war last October. The situation remains fluid as geopolitical tensions continue to escalate in the region.

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