Authority says flight in its airspace is safe

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Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority said on Friday that any flight in Ethiopian Airspace including Addis Abeba international airport is safe and secured.

The statement came after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert civilian planes may be “directly or indirectly exposed to ground weapons fire and/or surface-to-air fire”.

“The warning issued and released by media outlets is baseless and quite contradictory to the reality,” the Authority refuted the statement from FAA.

“We strongly assure users of our airspace and airports that we are not compromising their safety and security as we are taking every measure to ensure safe and secured flight operation as before,” said the statement issued by the Authority, adding, “We are complying with the international standards of safety and security measure.”

Meanwhile, Fitsum Arega, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the US dubbed the statement made by FAA on Wednesday: “Irresponsibility same as immorality”.

He wrote on his twitter page on Friday: “Choice of words appears intended to strike terror in potential passengers. Unbefitting. Out of line!”

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