Airlines change flight routes to avoid North Korea missile tests

FRANKFURT, 5 Aug 2017:

Lufthansa yesterday said it had changed its flight routes to Japan because of North Korean missile tests.

Lufthansa Group – which owns Swiss, Lufthansa, and Lufthansa Cargo – had already been avoiding direct overflights of North Korean airspace for more than a year, the company said.

“As a result of the latest North Korean missile tests, Lufthansa Group has decided for now to change routings to and from Japan, purely as a precautionary measure,” the airline said, adding that changes to the flight time were negligible.

Air France-KLM said on Thursday it had expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea after one of its jets flew past the location where an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) splashed down 10 minutes later.

Air France’s flight 293 – a Boeing 777 carrying 323 people from Tokyo to Paris – missed North Korea’s latest ICBM as it fell to earth on July 28 by about 100km, a spokesman for Air France-KLM said, citing flight data provided by Japan.

North Korea said a week ago that its latest ICBM test proved its ability to strike the US mainland, drawing a sharp warning from president Donald Trump and a rebuke from China.

– Reuters

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