Braced for air strikes on Syria, some airlines re-route flights

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

Eurocontrol, the worldwide organization working to achieve safe and seamless air traffic management across Europe, warned the air companies against possible risks of strikes in Syria over the course of the next 72 hours.

US President Donald Trump and Western allies are discussing possible military action to punish Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town on Saturday.

Eurocontrol has warned airlines about flying in the eastern Meditteranean because of Syria.

Pan-European air control management agency Eurocontrol has issued an urgent warning to airlines, advising of the possibility of missile strikes into Syria and resulting disruption to flight paths. On Tuesday, the Trump administration was reportedly rallying support from allies for a military strike, which may me more expansive than last year's US missile attack on a Syrian air base.

Russia, for its part, vetoed a resolution proposed by the United States in the UN meeting to launch an investigation into chemical attacks in Syria.

The only flights above Syria as of 1:15 GMT on Wednesday were being flown by Lebanon's Middle East Airlines and Syrian Air, according to FlighRadar24, a flight tracking website.

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.

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