Airlines warned of possible missile strikes on Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2018

Eurocontrol, the European organization for air safety, of which Israel is a member, has put out a notice to all airlines to avoid Syrian airspace for the next 72 hours as it is likely that there will be airstrikes and or missile attacks against Syria from somewhere.

"Due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area", the agency said on its website in reference to designated areas of airspace, without specifying the origin of any potential threat. 'Aircraft operators are invited to check any relevant [notices to airmen]'.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Western allies are discussing possible military action to punish Syria's President Bashar Assad for a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on a rebel-held town that had long held out against government forces.

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

US President Donald Trump has warned Syria and Russian Federation about "smart missile" attacks.

A Ryanair spokesman said the budget airline's flights are "operating normally".

'We are continuing to monitor the situation and will advise customers of any changes to our schedules, ' she added.

A spokesman for Germany's Lufthansa said on Wednesday its airlines were aware of the Eurocontrol warning and were in close contact with authorities.

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