ANA to reroute flights in response to N Korea rocket launch
All Nippon Airways (ANA) will reroute passenger flights over the Yellow Sea due to the danger posed by possible debris from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch this month.
While the United States is repositioning warships to track and possibly defend against a planned North Korean rocket launch which is scheduled for sometime between Dec 10 and 22, ANA, along with several South Korean airlines, announced Thursday that it would reroute flights further west to destinations such as Jakarta and Singapore as a result.
North Korea told China and Singapore that the rocket, purportedly being used to put a satellite into orbit, would be launched in the morning and that its debris would fall into the Yellow Sea and the waters to the east of the Philippines.
ANA said that the proposed route changes are likely to add 5-10 minutes to flight times and that no other flights will be affected by the change.