ITAA Comment on Eurocontrol warning to airlines to avoid eastern Mediterranean

11 April 2018

TRAINING DATE: 08/08/2019

11th April 2018


The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has commented on the statement made by Eurocontrol yesterday, cautioning airlines to avoid operating flights in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area in the next 72 hours. Eurocontrol warned airlines that flight operations in the area could be affected due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles.


Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA, commented, “The Nicosia region named covers the island of Cyprus and surrounding waters. Currently, the only carriers flying through this region today are Syrian Air and Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines.  Aviation regulators around Europe have previously issued warnings against airlines entering Syrian airspace so airlines are highly aware of avoiding this conflict zone.”


“Our advice to Irish holidaymakers travelling to the Eastern Mediterranean region or the Middle East is to keep in close contact with their travel provider or airline to establish if their flights are affected. Flight schedules may be slightly delayed by re-routing.”


The ITAA represents Ireland’s travel Industry, bringing together 100 travel agent members and 70 affiliate partners. ITAA members cover over 140 outlets in different towns and cities throughout the Republic of Ireland. All travel agent members are licensed by the Commission for Aviation Regulation and are fully bonded providing full financial protection for their customers.