Syrian Airline Resumes Flights To and From Amman After 21-Year Break
Syrian Airlines will Tuesday resume flights to and from Amman after a 21-year suspension, an airline spokesman told AFP.
"A Syrian Airlines airbus 320 is expected Tuesday around 8.30 PM (1830 GMT) for its first flight to Amman since 1979," said Raja Seiqaly.
"Syrian Airlines has decided to organize two weekly flights linking Amman and Damascus, Tuesday evening and Saturday morning," he said.
He added that the company which suspended flights in 1979 "for purely commercial reasons" decided to begin them again "after observing the increase in the number of passengers."
The Royal Jordanian airline has for its part maintained links with Damascus with two flights per week.
The Syrian Airlines plane due Tuesday will be carrying a large official delegation led by the director of Syria's civil aviation authority Hussein Mahfuz, who will have talks with his Jordanian counterpart, Jihad Rcheid.
Relations between Jordan and Syria have improved considerably since King Abdullah II came to the throne in Jordan in 1999 and President Bashar al-Assad took office in the summer. The two young leaders already had good personal relations before coming to power.
A Jordanian official told AFP that the two countries have been preparing for several months to upgrade their diplomatic links which are currently at charge d'affaires level.
Syria plans soon to name its first ambassador to Jordan since 1993, the Jordanian daily Al Rai said Monday, saying Amman had accepted a decision by Damascus to nominate Abdel Fatah Amura to the post – AMMAN (AFP)
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