ABU DHABI, The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, said it was monitoring closely the recent events with regards to the possibility of launching air strikes on Syria and its impact on airports in the Syrian border or neighbouring countries, which the UAE national carriers operate to and from.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, said that:'' The GCAA is in close coordination with the concerned authorities in the State and the national carriers, in dealing with the current situation at the moment and in accordance with the changes taking place.'' '' The Authority will take appropriate action in the event there is any threat against the safety and security of civil aviation,'' he added in a statement.

''The GCAA has issued a circular to national carriers operating flights to countries close to Syria to take precautionary measures,'' he said.

Source: Emirates News Agency