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An MEA flight taking off from Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport (AFP Photo)
BEIRUT: Middle East Airlines (MEA) announced Wednesday that it would be modifying the routing of some of its flights as a result of the volatile situation in neighboring Syria.
In a statement released by the airline, MEA said that "due to the recent security situation between US and Syria and in coordination will the ministry of Public Works and Transportation, Middle East Airlines will be modifying the routing of some of its flights which will affect their departure times."
The rescheduling of flights will be effective until Friday April 13, "after which a reassessment will be in place and the proper decision will be taken accordingly."
Earlier on Wednesday, Minister of Transport Joseph Fenianos met with MEA's Chairman of the Board of Directors Mohammed Al-Hout in the wake of the European airspace authorities warning aircraft to be careful over the next days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against President Bashar Assad's forces.
The Eurocontrol airspace organization said that the European Aviation Safety Agency had sent a “Rapid Alert Notification” that flight operators needed to consider the possibility of air or missile strikes on Syria.
In a notice posted to Eurocontrol’s website, EASA said: “Due to the possible launch of air strikes 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, due consideration needs to be taken.”
U.S President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the his country is considering launching a missile attack on Syria, as the war of words between Washington and Moscow over last weekend’s suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town near the Syrian capital rages on. - with AP