File: Passengers depart from the new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India. Image Credit: AP

Amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran, the Indian aviation regulatory body on Saturday said its airlines would avoid the “affected part of the Iranian airspace” and re-route their flights.

Indian airlines are to avoid Iran airspace amid US-Iran tensions, following the shooting down of an American drone over the Strait of Hormuz, according to India's aviation watchdog.

"All Indian operators in consultation with DGCA have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian Airspace to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably," the DGCA said on Twitter.