The majority of the Syrian regime's air fleet was moved to the civilian Basil al-Assad airport in Latakia - which is connected to the Russian military-run Hmeimim airbase - US officials told CNN.
The move comes after US cruise missiles struck Shayrat airbase in Homs province, believed to be the launch pad for a suspected regime chemical attack on an opposition town in Idlib province, which left over 100 unsuspected civilians dead.
US President Donald Trump ordered the attack on the airbase on 6 April, which is said to have destroyed 24 Syrian combat aircraft.
The US did not rule out further strikes on Syrian regime military installations, particularly if another chemical attack was launched.
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Hmeimim was taken over by the Russian military earlier this year following an agreement between Moscow and Damascus for the long-lease of the airfield.
It is connected to the civilian airport officially titled the Martyr Basil al-Assad International Airport, named after the deceased brother of Bashar al-Assad.
Parking the regime aircraft close to the Russian airbase should prevent further strikes from the US, with Washington keen not to engage directly with Moscow over Syria.