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Airlines Avoid Strait of Hormuz as Iran-U.S. Tensions Build

  • United, Lufthansa among carriers shunning area in Persian Gulf
  • FAA bars U.S. flights, warning of mis-identification risk
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Flights Diverted Over Iran Tensions
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Airlines worldwide are diverting flights away from southern Iran, lengthening travel times, after the Federal Aviation Administration issued an edict barring American operators from the region amid escalating tensions with the Persian Gulf country.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Dutch carrier KLM and Qantas Airways Ltd of Australia are among carriers re-routing long-haul services to avoid the Strait of Hormuz, where the U.S. has blamed Iran for attacks on shipping and an American drone was shot down on Wednesday. United Airlines suspended flights between Newark, New Jersey, and Mumbai that regularly pass over the area.