Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Airlines re-route flights around Syria due to possible air strikes

Airlines re-route flights around Syria due to possible air strikes

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.

It also said there may be "intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment".

The heightened tensions follow reports of a new chemical attack in the rebel-held city of Douma, not far from Damascus, which has prompted a global outcry against the heavy civilian casualties from the Syrian regime's bombing campaign in the area.

"Air France has taken the EASA information into account and modified its flight plans for affected destinations, mainly Beirut and Tel Aviv", the airline said, adding that it was monitoring the situation.

Trump on Tuesday canceled his trip to Latin America planned for later this week to focus on the incident in Syria, the White House said.

Eurocontrol, an global organisation overseeing air traffic and aviation safety in Europe, said in a statement posted on its website late on Tuesday that airlines with planned flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean area should exercise caution till Friday, Efe news reported.

At other periods later in the day, there were no flights using the airspace.

Eurocontrol has warned airlines about flying in the eastern Meditteranean because of Syria. has contacted airlines including Aer Lingus for comment.

Last year, North Korea tested missiles without warning, leading some airlines to re-route flights to avoid portions of the Sea of Japan.

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