Sandy forces Airlines to cancel flights, move planes

As Hurricane Sandy made its leisurely but threatening trip up the East Coast, airlines canceled thousands of flights, moved planes to safer ground and began offering refunds to stranded travelers. By Sunday evening, more than 6,800 flights scheduled for Sunday and Monday had been canceled, according to travel monitoring site FlightAware.com.

Tension escalates as Turkey bans all Syrian aircraft

Turkey’s foreign minister announced on Sunday a ban on all Syrian aircraft entering his country’s airspace, days after the authorities discovered what they said were Russian military munitions on board a passenger plane bound for Damascus. The announcement followed Syria’s ban on Turkish aircraft a day earlier

Syria bans Turkey civilian flights over its territory

Turkish civilian planes are no longer allowed to fly over Syria, Damascus has said, amid growing tensions between the two neighbouring countries. The ban took effect at midnight (2100GMT) on Saturday. This comes just days after Turkey intercepted a Syrian-bound plane, claiming it carried Russian-made munitions for the Syrian army.

Iraq to stop Iran flights over suspicions of Syria arms

Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sunday. “We have assured U.S. officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian) flights and carry out random searches,” Zebari said,