Airlines modify flight plans to Beirut in light of Syria situation

By REUTERS
August 29, 2013 20:17

Air France has modified the timing of one of its two daily return flights between Paris and Beirut, as the specter grows of possible western military intervention in Syria, an airline spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"Air France has changed its flight schedule to and from Beirut," the spokeswoman said, adding this followed developments in the Middle East.

She would not confirm whether the move was to avoid night flights or give details of the changes.

Cyprus Airways cancelled its evening flight from Larnaca to the Lebanese capital Beirut on Thursday, citing the situation in Syria where the US and its allies are considering military strikes following an alleged chemical weapons attack.

"The company has decided to reschedule its flights because of the current situation," a spokesman for the company told Reuters. The spokesman said the 8:30 p.m. flight out of Larnaca had been moved to 5:30 a.m. to avoid an overnight stay in Beirut.


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