“North Korea’s missile tests, conducted without precise prior notice, are a concern for airlines operating across the Asia Pacific, prompting them to perform complex risk assessments and change some flight paths,” Andrew Herdman, director general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, told reporters at its annual conference in Taipei.
As the military missile tests and civil launches are at the increase, airline industry is forced to perform complex risk assessments about the air space and safe routes. The need became acute after the downing of Malaysia airlines flight MH17 by a missile in Ukraine in 2014.
Herdman says that the airlines do not receive warnings in time so that flight paths could be diverted. North Korean missile launches are notified only after the military detects the event. But the timing is not enough at all to make any positive action. Many a time the information reaches after the risk is over.