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UAE airlines operating as normal despite US warning to aircraft flying over Gulf

Christian Fernsby |
Airlines in the UAE are continuing to operate as normal, despite a warning by the US aviation authority that “heightened military activities” pose an “inadvertent risk” to commercial aircraft flying over the region, reports Arabian Business.

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The advisory, issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) late on Thursday said the warning to all US commercial aircraft came amidst “heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region which present an increasing inadvertent risk to US civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or mis-identification”.

Dubai’s Emirates airline said in a statement it was continuing to operate as normal: "At this time, there are no changes to our flight operations. We are in close contact with the relevant authorities in the UAE and internationally and are monitoring the situation closely."

A Flydubai spokesperson said: “Flydubai follows international approved flight paths, we are aware of the notice and we will continue to monitor the situation and comply with any directives issued by our regulator GCAA.”

Similar statements were also issued by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Sharjah-based Air Arabia.

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