Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles

Singapore Airlines Changes Flight Routes Over N.Korean Missiles

Airlines operating routes between Korea and the U.S. are changing flight paths to avoid areas that may be exposed to missile launches from North Korea.

Cathay Pacific said the crew of a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong reported seeing what they thought was the missile re-entering Earth's atmosphere on November 29.

Singapore's flag carrier has changed its Seoul to Los Angeles route as a precautionary step against missile launches from North Korea. According to the report, the best chance the USA has in intercepting a ballistic missile is when it is on, or leaving the launch pad.

The representative of the Ministry of defense Colonel Robert manning reported that the missile flew about 1,000 km before falling into the sea of Japan, reports Reuters. "At the moment, no one is changing any routes or operating parameters", the airline said in a statement.

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Singapore Airlines has changed the travel routes of some of their flights travelling over the troubled Korean peninsula. "We remain alert and [will] review the situation as it evolves".

Wednesday's missile test reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile and the state-run Korean Central News Agency claims it's capable of reaching the U.S. In response to the test last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to do more to rein in North Korea, specifically through restraining the country's oil supply. It was in the air for 53 minutes.

European airlines Lufthansa and Air France-KLM shifted their paths in August after two North Korean test launches in July.

The test-launch raised tension further with South Korea and the USA, who on Monday began their largest ever joint air exercise, which the North has branded an "all-out provocation".

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