Sent into a tizzy by Iran-Israel tensions, airlines scramble to find safe flight paths – Times of India

Sent into a tizzy by Iran-Israel tensions, airlines scramble to find safe flight paths - Times of India

New Delhi: The escalating conflict between Iran and Israel has led to turbulence in air travel. Air India Changing the timings of some of its most long-haul flights and temporarily suspending flights to and from Tel Aviv.
Pilots are reporting an increase. GPS signal jamming and forgery in a conflict zone, prompting route planners to constantly scramble charts to find safe alternatives. Airlines have started adding fueling stops for some non-stops between West and South Asia, including India, because of the long routes they are forced to. Avoid Iranian airspace.

Air India’s San Francisco-Mumbai AI 180 was diverted to Dubai for refueling on Sunday. Since the flight could not fly the usual polar route to avoid Iran, it had to take a longer route.

“Not only Israel, but also the airspace of nearby countries like Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon are closed when there is a threat of attacks. Jordan is an important overflight area. Attacks are mostly at night, and the airspace It reopens during the day,” said a source.
The situation is dynamic. Airspace is often closed when a flight is en route, departing. ATC Scroll to find an alternative in real time.
While Air India’s Tel Aviv flight has been suspended, Iranian airline Mahan Air’s Delhi-Tehran flights are operating. No Indian carrier has flights to Iran. After the attack on Israel, Air India first suspended the Delhi-Tel Aviv flight on 7 October 2023. Flights resumed on March 3, only to be suspended again.
The Hindukush route, or Papa 500, was started by Air India for its non-stop flights between Delhi-Mumbai and the West, particularly North America, after Afghanistan’s airspace was closed a few years ago.
This has been a boon for the airline, with the fact that it still flies more to Russia. Older Boeing 777s with extra oxygen tanks are using the route and are not affected by the closure of Iran’s airspace. However, the ex-Delta and Etihad B777s operated by the airline do not have additional oxygen tanks and therefore cannot fly over the Hindu Kush.
Swiss Air’s non-stop flights between Zurich and Delhi will make refueling stops in Vienna.
“South India flights will not be affected, but flights to Delhi and Mumbai will be affected,” said a senior official of another European airline.
GPS signals are jammed more often in places like Iran and Turkey. “We notify ATC en route and ask them to monitor the aircraft’s position on radar. We are using alternate DME-DME updates using the aircraft’s last location. Tracks its location,” said a senior pilot.
US ships have been avoiding Iranian airspace for a long time and their reduced non-stops to India have not been affected by the recent disturbance.

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