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

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

Eurocontrol warns air companies against risk of strikes in Syria over next 72 hours

Smoke rises from buildings following a reported regime surface-to-surface missile strike on a rebel-held area on the southern Syrian city of Daraa on March 23, 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. 'Aircraft operators are invited to check any relevant [notices to airmen]'.

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.

Russian Federation and the United States tangled on Tuesday at the United Nations over the use of chemical weapons in Syria as Washington and its allies considered whether to strike at President Bashar al-Assad's forces over a suspected poison gas attack last weekend.

Russia, for its part, vetoed a resolution proposed by the U.S. in the United Nations meeting to launch an investigation into chemical attacks in Syria. At other periods later in the day, there were no flights using the airspace.

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.

Extra.ie has contacted airlines including Aer Lingus for comment.

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