1104 GMT August 21, 2019
The Iran-controlled airspace over the Persian Gulf and other flight routes are completely safe, Reza Jafarzadeh said on Saturday.
“Iran’s sky is open to all flights of airlines and so far we have not received any report saying that airlines that had chosen the Iranian airspace as part of their routes redirected their flights,” he said.
Foreign airliners’ willingness to fly over Iran has its roots in the high security of the country’s airspace, the spokesman added.
The remarks came as some Western media reported that a number of global airlines are redirecting flights to avoid Iran-controlled airspace over the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, citing safety concerns, after a recent move by Iran’s forces to shoot down a US spy drone over its territorial waters.