Lebanon’s airspace is expected to close for three consecutive days as of Friday midnight due to Russian “military drills” set to take place in the Mediterranean Sea.
The source said that airport authorities received an official communication from the Russian navy saying the decision was taken for civil aviation safety as the drills would directly affect planes arriving to and departing from the Airport.
Lebanon is currently in the process of discussing a temporary alternative route through deliberations with Cypriot authorities.
Even if Cyprus was to agree, it would mean that most commercial airliners would halt their flights to and from Lebanon due to the distance and for other logistical reasons to do with the movement of planes.
Chairman of Middle East Airlines Mohammad Hout said the company will abide by any decision taken by the Lebanese state regarding the change of routes.
Source: Daily Star