MANILA, Philippines — Some Asian airlines plan to change flight paths for several routes to avoid a rocket North Korea is expected to launch in the next week.
More from TODAY.com
Does prayer work? Is there an afterlife? See results of TODAY's survey
Who (or what) is God? Does prayer work?
- Angelina Jolie delivers empowering speech to kids: 'Different is good'
- Is it OK to eat moldy food?
- Are England’s beloved fairy doors about to disappear?
- Growing a beard? Science explains why men are fond of facial hair
- Does prayer work? Is there an afterlife? See results of TODAY's survey
Philippine Airlines said Monday that a dozen of its flights from the United States, Japan and South Korea will fly safely away from the rocket's possible path.
Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are changing flight paths on routes connecting Tokyo to Manila, Jakarta and Singapore. Domestic flights will not be affected.
JAL has four flights a day on the expected rocket launch dates, and airline official Norio Higashimine said each flight will carry more fuel in case of an unexpected route change.
ANA is making similar route changes on five flights.
North Korea says it is launching a satellite between Thursday and April 16, depending on weather. It says the satellite will observe crops and natural resources and denies suspicions that the launch is intended to test long-range missile technology.
Philippine officials have declared a no-fly zone and urged ships and fishing boats to avoid northeastern territorial waters where rocket debris may fall.
More about the North Korean rocket program:
- Clues about North Korea's space plans come to light
- North Korea shows off its launch pad and satellite
- Q&A: Rocket is 'not a military missile ... but it's darn close
- 'PhotoBlog: Pictures from the North Korea rocket tour
- Inside North Korea: Closely watched launch poses risks
- North Korea's launch sparks more worries than Iran's
- N. Korea reportedly test-fires short-range missiles
- A look at North Korea's rocket technology
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.