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British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:45 am

The opening statement of a BBC news report mentions that a BA flight did not land in DAM due to security reasons. Was that a once-off or have all DAM flights been halted?

The announcement that Sunday's British Airways flight from London was not allowed to land in Damascus "for security reasons" was greeted with irritation by those on board (myself included).

It meant flying on to the final destination, the Jordanian capital Amman, and then driving to the Syrian capital in an exhausting overnight slog.

But the same information was greeted with more concern by Syrians on the ground, some of whom took it to mean that Israeli air attacks might be imminent, targeting their infrastructure in the same way that Lebanon's has been hit in the last week.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5188460.stm

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RE: British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:15 am

Does appear they have been suspended for 72 hours, or so im told by a work mate.

Dont know why though?
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RE: British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:19 am

Why should they do that? Can't they change the routing to no overfly Lebanese airspace?
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RE: British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:21 am

Quoting LY7E7 (Reply 2):
Why should they do that? Can't they change the routing to no overfly Lebanese airspace?

I'm almost 100% sure they enter Syrian airspace well away from any Lebanese territory, through Turkey so that can't be the reason.
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RE: British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:28 am

Quoting LY7E7 (Reply 2):
Why should they do that? Can't they change the routing to no overfly Lebanese airspace?

Maybe DAM itself is not deemed safe enough, irregardless of the route taken to reach it...
 
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RE: British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:51 am

Amman, Aleppo and Damascus are still in the schedules, but they are all listed as 'Probable' rather than 'Confirmed' for the next couple of days. I think KJ are taking this on a flight by flight, day by day basis as they judge whether it is safe to fly to the region.

If flights have been cancelled, it will upset a lot of the ambulance chasers who are looking to get to the region ASAP. Many of the ignorant fools are even stunned to discover that they ain't gonna see much of Syrian airspace without a visa.
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RE: British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:26 am

On BA's 'latest news', only BEY is showing as currently cancelled.
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RE: British Airways Suspends Damascus Flights?

Tue Jul 18, 2006 8:52 pm

According to BA's latest news, flights to DAM have been cancelled for the next three days, until July 20.

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