6/21/2019, 10:23 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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KLM to suspend flights over Strait of Hormuz

The national carrier of the Netherlands KLM said on Friday it will suspend flights over the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions between the United States in Iran, which escalated after Iran shot down a US drone yesterday. The airline announced the decision in a statement, pointing out that the "incident with the drone is reason not to fly over the Strait of Hormuz for the time being," adding that it is a "precautionary measure."

KLM's decision comes shortly after Australia's Qantas said it would redirect its flights to avoid the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman, following the incident with the US unmanned aircraft. Qantas pointed out that its flights operating the routes between Australia and London will be affected by the move.

Meanwhile, latest reports indicated that US President Donald Trump warned Iran of an imminent military strike, giving Tehran a deadline to engage in talks on the issue. Iran, however, claimed that the drone violated its airspace and insisted that it has "indisputable evidence" to support the claim.

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