SIA re-routes flights to avoid conflict zone

  • AseanPlus News
  • Friday, 21 Mar 2003

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said yesterday it has re-routed flights to the Middle East and Europe to avoid the war in Iraq and imposed a war surcharge on cargo after the US began a military strike against Iraq. 

“Several flight paths that avoid the areas of conflict are available, some of which are only marginally longer than the normal flight paths,” it said. 

“SIA will use the most direct route to Europe, north of the conflict zone, in which case flight times will not be affected significantly,” it said. 

Flight SQ320 from Singapore to London and flight SQ326 to Frankfurt, leaving yesterday, were to fly through Afghanistan and then north of Turkey to avoid the conflict area. – AFP  

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