Eurocontrol warns of possible air strikes in Syria

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

Moscow and the Syrian regime deny any involvement in the gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.

Eurocontrol, the agency that coordinates air traffic over Europe, has warned airlines to be cautious when flying over the eastern Mediterranean due to possible airstrikes on Syria.

"Due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations" in the region, Eurocontrol said in an online statement at 11:27 p.m. Monday in Brussels, citing the European Aviation Safety Authority. While it did not mention specifics, the USA and its allies are expected to strike at targets in Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical-weapons attack on civilians over the weekend.

Tim Clark, president of Dubai-based Emirates airline, said at a press conference in Hamburg that the carrier is studying how to reroute planes away from areas near Syria.

Moscow today called on the West to "seriously consider" the consequences of threats against Syria after the U.S. and France said they would respond to an alleged chemical attack.

The only commercial flights above Syria as of 0115 GMT on Wednesday were being flown by Syrian Air and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines, according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

Ryanair, British Airways, Etihad Airways and Royal Jordanian representatives said flights were operating normally at their respective airlines, but the situation was being monitored closely.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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