SINGAPORE Airlines' reply ("Use of Ukrainian airspace: SIA replies"; yesterday) does not fully address the concerns of Singaporeans and those who fly regularly with our national carrier.
What they really want to know is why SIA did not re-route its flights after the conflict in Ukraine broke out, while some other airlines did so.
SQ351 was very close to MH17 at the moment the latter was shot down ("SIA flight 'over Ukraine about the same time' "; last Saturday).
Only after the horrendous incident did SIA re-route its flights.
Why was SIA, a premium airline, not among those carriers that took pre-emptive action to avoid Ukraine altogether, even though international civil aviation regulators had imposed no restrictions on the troubled area?
Kang Choon Tian
This article was first published on July 24, 2014.
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