Singapore Airlines rerouted flights to avoid North Korean missiles

An Singapore Airlines passenger plane taxis down the runway at Hong Kong International Airport, on 23 Oct. 2017.

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An Singapore Airlines passenger plane taxis down the runway at Hong Kong International Airport, on 23 Oct. 2017.

Singapore Airlines, one of the earth’s top ranked carriers, has taken measures to reroute some flights in response to North Korea’s missile tests, Channel NewsAsia reported.

The change involves the airline’s Seoul-Los Angeles flights in addition to was put in place following Pyongyang’s July 27 missile launch into the Sea of Japan, the company reportedly told Channel NewsAsia.

North Korea has received global criticism for its missile launches. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in October condemned the rogue state for its repeated launches, saying they severely undermined the safety of international civilian flying.

North Korea, a member of the ICAO, is usually required to provide prior notice of any activity which could threaten civil aviation, the report said.

News of Singapore Airlines’ change followed a crew on board a Cathay Pacific aircraft seeing a North Korean missile blow up over the Sea of Japan last week.

Pyongyang launched the latest in a series of ballistic missiles last Wednesday in defiance of international sanctions in addition to warnings against provocations. The rocket, which the regime said could reach the U.S. mainland, crashed into the sea near Japan.

The crew of Cathay Pacific CX893, which was traveling to Hong Kong via San Francisco, reportedly saw the missile via their plane as which was passing over Japan in addition to alerted the country’s air traffic control.

Read more about Singapore Airlines’ rerouting move on Channel NewsAsia.

—CNBC’s Holly Ellyatt contributed to This specific report.

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