Seven years after grounding planes: Palestinian Airlines back in business: Middle East Online

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Middle East
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[Middle East Online] Palestinian’s national carrier grounded since 2005, resumes operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman 

Palestinian Airlines DG Zeyad Albad said "the resumption was also good for Palestinian Airlines, which has seen its four-plane fleet grounded since 2005"  Photo: Wikipedia

Palestinian Airlines DG Zeyad Albad said “the resumption was also good for Palestinian Airlines, which has seen its four-plane fleet grounded since 2005” Photo: Wikipedia

RAMALLAH (Palestinian Territories) – The Palestinian national carrier, grounded since 2005, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general said on Thursday.

“We started yesterday from Amman to El-Arish and from El-Arish to Amman,” Palestinian Airlines director general Zeyad Albad said.

“We are going to have flights from El-Arish to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) soon too, and we are trying to set up some new routes to Turkey and the (United Arab) Emirates,” he said.

Albad said the resumption of flights was intended to make life easier for Palestinians travelling from Gaza through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt.

El-Arish, in northern Sinai, lies around 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Rafah crossing.

“It’s designed to help people who are coming out of Gaza to other places. Before now they had to go 400, 500 kilometres (250, 300 miles) to the nearest airport,” Albad said.

“It’s very difficult for them, especially for those with families and in the summer, so we are trying to relieve the pressure on them.”

Albad said the resumption was also good for Palestinian Airlines, which has seen its four-plane fleet grounded since 2005.

“It’s for our benefit too. Now we are flying our two Fokkers, which carry 60 people and are good for the flight to Amman,” he said.

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Middle East Online
Published: 10th May, 2012


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