Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles

Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles

While tensions around the world about the possibility of the escalation of conflict in the Korean peninsula is pretty widespread, the ongoing missile tests by the North Korea regime is even more worrying for carriers conducting service across the North Pacific region.

North Korea's rocket test in September reportedly also led Scandinavian and Swiss Airlines to re-route their flights into Japan.

Singapore Airlines changed a flight route between South Korea and the United States earlier this year over fears about North Korean missile launches in the Asia-Pacific region, it has emerged. Despite the missile being close enough to be seen by the pilots, the airline is not planning to change its flying routes at the moment.

A spokesperson for The International Air Transport Association told reporters this week that North Korea has an obligation to provide advance notice of any missile tests, but not surprisingly, North Korea has never done so.

"There are no current routes that fly through a risky zone", said an Asiana Airlines official. They crashed into the sea near Japan.

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Countries are required to give warnings about their upcoming missile tests as per global agreements.

While the UN's Civil Aviation Organization mandates that nations must issue warnings whenever they take an action that could threaten commercial flights traveling through their airspace, South Korea has said North Korea often neglects to do so, according to CNN.

News of Singapore Airlines' change followed a crew on board a Cathay Pacific aircraft seeing a North Korean missile blow up over the Sea of Japan last week.

Federal regulation from 1997 prohibits all US airlines from flying over the Flight Information Region of Pyongyang.

Travelers who are concerned should know the chances of an airplane colliding with a missile are extremely low: One safety analyst estimates that it is less than a billion to one.

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