June 21, 2019 / 8:45 AM / 4 months ago

Australia's Qantas directs flights away from Strait of Hormuz

FILE PHOTO: Qantas Airways planes can be seen parked at the domestic terminal at Sydney airport in Australia, June 24, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas Airways Ltd (QAN.AX), said on Friday that its flights over the Middle East would avoid the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman following the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone in the region.

The restriction will mean a slight change to the route for flights between Australia and London, the airline said in a statement.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency order prohibiting U.S. operators from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.

Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Robert Birsel

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