The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced on Tuesday that 20 flights from various airlines will be rerouted over the coming days due to the scheduled launch of a rocket from North Korea. The rocket launch will take place sometime between this week and next week. The airlines affected include Philippine Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Cebu Pacific, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, and Delta Airlines and the rerouting will extend from Thursday to Monday.
North Korea has said that it will launch the satellite sometime between Thursday and Monday, although the exact time will depend on the weather. A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority, Floramel Joy Songsong, said that they will temporarily close three of their northeastern air corridors, resulting in an additional 20 minutes of flight time for the airlines and their passengers. Two Japanese carriers, ANA and JAL, will change their flight paths for routes from Tokyo to Manilla, Singapore, and Jakarta, but domestic flights will be unaffected.
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