Eurocontrol warns airlines of possible airstrikes in Syria

Departures from M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava will not be affected for now.

Bratislava AirportBratislava Airport (Source: Sme - Jozef Jakubčo)

The European air traffic control agency, Eurocontrol has warned airlines and recommend them to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean over fears that airstrikes could hit Syria in the next 72 hours. For now, there is no information about changes in air transport in Slovakia.

This warning will not affect departures of aircraft from the M. R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava, said Veronika Ševčíková, the Bratislava airport’s spokesperson, for the SITA newswire.

The airport in Košice does not have any information on whether departures from Košice airport will be cancelled.

“This is rather a question for airlines,” said Juraj Toth, marketing manager of the airport in Košice.

The warning

On Tuesday, April 10, Eurocontrol warned airlines of the “risk of possible military action” in the region, including the use of air-to-ground and cruise missiles, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment. It did not specify where the missile threat might originate.

“Due to the possible launch of airstrikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, proper consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area,” it said, as cited by Politico.

The statement came after US President Donald Trump announced on Monday, April 9, he would decide within 48 hours how to respond to Saturday’s alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria by the Syrian regime in Douma.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a similar warning.

Airlines are taking the issued warnings into consideration.

“We take recommendations of EASA as binding; we are constantly monitoring the situation in the Middle East,” Vlaďka Dufková, spokesperson of Travel Service told SITA.

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