Airlines Are Rerouting Flights to Avoid North Korean Missiles

Airlines Are Rerouting Flights to Avoid North Korean Missiles

Airlines Are Rerouting Flights to Avoid North Korean Missiles

In early August, Air France expanded their no-fly zone around North Korea after it transpired one of its planes flew close to a North Korean missile path.

Singapore Airlines announced this week that they have rerouted a flight from Seoul to Los Angeles.

In a leaked internal memo, the airline's general manager for operations, Mark Hoey, told the staff, "Today [date unspecified] the crew of CX893 reported, 'Be advised, we witnessed the DPRK missile blow up and fall apart near our current location.'" The Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK, is the official name for North Korea.

"There are no current routes that fly through a unsafe zone", said an Asiana Airlines official.

The carrier said its planes now don't enter "the vicinity of the missile trajectory", because it changed the route to avoid the northern part of the Sea of Japan, which sits between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The organization condemned the Pyongyang regime in October for its repeated launch of ballistic missiles.

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Countries are required to give warnings about their upcoming missile tests as per global agreements.

"Singapore Airlines is aware of the reports on the sighting of the North Korean missiles and is closely monitoring the situation", a spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia.

Federal regulation from 1997 prohibits all USA airlines from flying over the Flight Information Region of Pyongyang.

Two other Asian airlines, Cathay Pacific and Korean Air, reported that their pilots saw the November 29 missile test from the cockpit, however neither airline will change their "routes or operating parameters" at this time.

The chances of one of Kim's missiles actually hitting a civilian plane is very low, experts said.

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