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KLM halts flights over Strait of Hormuz after drone downing

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

The Hague, Netherlands   /   Fri, June 21, 2019   /   05:05 pm
KLM halts flights over Strait of Hormuz after drone downing In this file photo taken on August 27, 2018 a Boeing 737 Next Gen of KLM flies above Toulouse, southern France. KLM to halt flights over Strait of Hormuz after drone downing according to the company on June 21, 2019. PASCAL PAVANI (AFP/Pascal Pavani)

Dutch airline KLM said Friday it has suspended its flights over the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a US drone in the strategic region.

"Safety is the top priority for KLM," it said in a statement.

"We closely follow all developments that may be related to the safety of airspace 24/7 and we organise the operation in such a way that the safety of the flights is guaranteed.

"The incident with the drone is reason not to fly over the Strait of Hormuz for the time being. This is a precautionary measure."

Iran's downing of the drone -- which Washington insists was above international waters but Iran says was within its airspace -- has seen tensions between the two countries spike further after a series of attacks on tankers the US has blamed on Tehran.