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Airlines redraw flight paths to steer clear of Ukraine

MH17 tragedy may hit tourist arrivals in South-east Asia from Europe, say analysts

Singapore

AS news of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 reverberated around the world, airlines moved swiftly to re-route flight paths and avoid Ukrainian airspace.

Carriers, including Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Lufthansa and Air France, have re-routed flights, which could tack on additional flight time and fuel costs, resulting in flight delays. Thai Airways reportedly expects flight delays of up to half an hour for flights to and from Europe.

"At this point, we are no longer using Ukrainian airspace and have re-routed all our flights to alternative flight paths that are away from the region," said an SIA spokesman. The airline immediately made the changes after the MH17 incident on...

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