Etihad reviews Syria flights after sanctions
Abu Dhabi, November 28, 2011
UAE national carrier Etihad Airways began reviewing its flights to Syria after Arab League imposed sanctions over President Bashar al-Assad's military crackdown on popular unrest now in its ninth month.
Etihad on Monday urged all customers currently booked on flights to or from Damascus to contact the airline for making necessary changes.
Last night the Arab League voted to impose sanctions on Syria after it refused to allow independent monitors into the country, which has been wracked by conflict for several months.
The sanctions include a ban on commercial flights between Syria and member states. The League said a decision on when the ban begins would be made within a week.
Etihad Airways is one of four airlines flying between the UAE and Syria and operates a daily service to and from Damascus using an A320 aircraft capable of carrying up to 162 passengers.
“We are currently reviewing our capacity on the route to ensure we can help as many of our passengers as possible should they wish to amend their travel plans,” remarked Etihad chief executive officer, James Hogan.
“We are closely monitoring the situation in Syria and will continue to fly to Damascus for as long as we are permitted to,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service