Is it safe to fly to Cyprus and are flights being cancelled? Latest travel advice after Syria air strikes - http://travelporn.info | luxury travel sitesApril 14, 2018 8:31 am
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A MISSILE alert warning has been issued to pilots flying to and from Cyprus and other countries near war-torn Syria.
Air traffic control chiefs warned airlines they may be caught in military strikes as tensions mount between the US and Russia – with the UK joining coalition strikes on the Assad regime.
Airlines planning trips to Cyprus may be affected by air strikes in Syria
The “rapid alert” was issued by Eurocontrol on Wednesday, telling pilots that “due consideration needs to be taken” of possible air-to-ground strikes or cruise missiles into Syria “within the next 72 hours”.
Meanwhile, other major airlines were re-routed flights on Wednesday.
Kuwait Airways also halted flights to Beirut on Thursday after a warning about flying close to Lebanese airspace.
Flights to Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri International Airport will be suspended after officials received a security warning from authorities in Cyprus.
Syria is just 72 miles from the popular holiday destination of Cyprus
The alert read: “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 when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area.”
Donald Trump earlier warned Russia and Syria to “get ready” because “nice, new and smart missiles will be coming”.
Airlines, including easyJet and Air France, re-routed flights after Europe’s air traffic control agency warned them to be ready for military strikes.
Overnight on Friday April 13, British jets joined American and French forces in launching air strikes on chemical weapons facilities in Syria.
The three nations launched more than 100 airstrikes in a “one-time shot”, that was more than double the firepower of the US airstrike on a Syrian base last year.
Donald Trump said British and French military forces had joined the campaign in response to the “evil and despicable crimes of a monster”.
The UK’s Foreign Office has not issued any advice about travel to Cyprus as a result of the planned missile attacks though
The UK’s Foreign Office has not issued any advice about travel to Cyprus as a result of the unfolding situation, though.
They simply advise that terrorist attacks in Cyprus can’t be ruled out, and that they could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.
A Foreign Office spokesperson told Sun Online: “Travellers are advised to set up Travel Advice alerts for any country they might be concerned about on the advice page.”
In fact, Cyprus is considered the 36th safest country in the world according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) – who publish an annual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.
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The report looks at the cost of common crime and violence, the number of terrorist incidents, how reliable the local police are and the homicide rate in each country per 100,000 of the population.
Around a million Brits visit Cyprus annually and the country takes 36th place on the global safety scale.
They are seen as one of the safest country for homicides, affecting 0.1 per 100,000 of the population, but rime against tourists is not common, so visitors are advised to keep passports, money and other valuables safe.