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Asian Airlines Cancel, Reroute Flights to Avoid Taiwan Airspace Amid China’s Military Drills

by Aldgra Fredly

Asian airlines have canceled or rerouted their flights to avoid Taiwan’s airspace as China continues to conduct live-fire drills around Taiwan in a diplomatic tit-for-tat move against the United States.

Malaysia Airlines Bhd said on Friday that it would cancel flights to and from Taipei on Saturday, and reroute its flights to Japan and South Korea to avoid the airspace affected by Chinese military drills.

“The reroute will incur additional flight time on particular sectors,” the airline told local news outlet The Edge, adding that it would continue to “avoid any restricted area” listed in the Notice of Air Missions (NOTAMS).

Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways International (THAI) have also canceled flights to Taipei to avoid China’s military drills. THAI said it rerouted flights to Japan and South Korea by flying over the Philippines airspace…

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