x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Etihad Airways cancels flights to Damascus

Etihad Airways has cancelled all of its flights between Abu Dhabi and the Syrian capital Damascus because of the "deteriorating security position" there.

ABU DHABI //Etihad Airways has cancelled all of its flights between Abu Dhabi and the Syrian capital of Damascus because of the "deteriorating security position" there.

The airline announced on Thursday that it had suspended the route with immediate effect and until further notice.

It said the decision was "not taken lightly", but the safety of passengers and crew was "paramount to the airline".

"Etihad Airways will notify affected passengers and offer a full refund for unused tickets," it said.

Emirates Airline is still operating flights as scheduled, a representative said.

The violence in Syria has increased in recent weeks, forcing thousands of citizens to flee to neighbouring countries.

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