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Australia's Qantas directs flights away from Strait of Hormuz

SYDNEY, June 21 (Reuters) - Australia's flag carrier, Qantas Airways Ltd, said on Friday that its flights over the Middle East would avoid the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman following the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone in the region.

The restriction will mean a slight change to the route for flights between Australia and London, the airline said in a statement.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency order prohibiting U.S. operators from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions. (Reporting by Tom Westbrook Editing by Robert Birsel)