Aug 18 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying
the ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment
poses a "serious potential threat" to civil aircraft.
"Due to the presence of anti-aircraft weapons among the
extremist groups and ongoing fighting in various locations
throughout Syria, there is a continuing significant potential
threat to civil aviation operating in Syrian airspace," the
agency said in a statement.
The FAA previously had issued a notice that advised all
American carriers to avoid flying over Syria. The new rule
requires carriers to contact the FAA before operating in the
(Reporting by Ramkumar Iyer in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa