Europe air traffic control warns airlines of possible missile strike into Syria

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 18, 2018

Global airlines said Wednesday they were modifying their flight plans after a warning from Europe's air safety watchdog about potential military strikes on Syria in the coming days.

Due to the possible launch of airstrikes into Syria with air-to-ground and / or cruise missiles, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken by airlines when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean, said Eurocontrol.

Over the past few days, U.S. President Donald Trump has been discussing with his British and French counterparts the option of taking military action in Syria, following the recent use of chemical warfare by the Assad regime and its allies against their own citizens.

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

The agency took to Twitter to issue their warning.

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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.

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

EgyptAir is not now planning changes to flight paths following the warning, a source close to the matter said.

"The decision includes all arriving and departing flights starting from tomorrow morning (Thursday) following the warning from the European Aviation Safety Agency", the official said.

EASA warned of a danger to aircraft flying over Iran, Iraq, and the Caspian sea in October 2015 after Russian Federation fired cruise missiles at Syrian targets from the Caspian Sea.

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