The US agency said it was concerned about "increased military action and increased political tensions" in the region after Iran used a ground-to-air missile to launch the unmanned airplane while operating in the vicinity of civilian air routes. "
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9659008] For commercial airlines and freight carriers, flight restrictions mean long journeys, time and money. Nowhere is the disruption of the Middle East obvious.
Airlines have avoided flying over Syria in recent years, remaining better than airspace patrolled by military aircraft. But they also escaped parts of Iran and Iraq at different points. The civil war has prompted Yemeni to be limited by 2015, and a missile launched by Hati's rebels has hit the Saudi airport arriving in Saudi Arabia this month. Airlines also escape North Sinai, where Egypt fights Islamic militants.
"The Middle East has never been more complicated for aircraft operators," said Mark Zie, founder of OpsGroup, an organization that tracks airspace for member airlines and controllers. "This is even more complicated in the last six years. Whatever the way you turn, the route has been interrupted."
However, the vast number of flights from European airports such as London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt still have to pass through the Middle East on their way to Asian destinations such as Bangkok and Singapore
"This is a huge amount of traffic," said Zie, "There is no alternative."