Airlines warned of possible missile strikes over eastern Mediterranean

Airlines have been warned to be extra cautious in light of possible US-led military action in the eastern Mediterranean in the next 72 hours. Ted Aljibe  AFP

Airlines have been warned to be extra cautious in light of possible US-led military action in the eastern Mediterranean in the next 72 hours. Ted Aljibe AFP

The agency announced that within the next 72 hours, air-to-surface missiles or cruise missiles could be used in Syria.

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

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.

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. The notification by Eurocontrol referred to an area wider than what is now controlled by Damascus but did not include the entire country.

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

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

Emirates also said it was closely monitoring the situation and that it would "make adjustments as needed".

The same map did not designate any specific territory as being the "Eastern Mediterranean" region.

Eurocontrol's warning cited a document from the European Aviation Safety Agency, Europe's safety regulator, a copy of which was not immediately available.

An EASA spokesman said it had informed member states and Eurocontrol of its cautionary message on Tuesday.

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