Syria's National Airline Resumes Saudi Flights After 12 Years


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) AFP

Riyadh: Syria's national airline resumed regular services to Saudi Arabia after a 12-year suspension on Wednesday as the first flight arrived in Riyadh.

The move, announced by Syrian airlines and confirmed to AFP by Syria's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, continues a slow rapprochement between the two governments who restored diplomatic relations last year.

Ambassador Ayman Soussan said a Syrian Airlines plane carrying 170 passengers touched down in the Saudi capital, marking the resumption of a regular route.

He said the two countries have agreed to "operate one round-trip flight per week between Riyadh and Damascus" after the long pause prompted by Syria's civil war.

Syrian transport ministry official Suleiman Khalil said the direct route could be expanded to cover airports in the Saudi cities of Jeddah and Dammam, depending on demand.

Services between Syria and Saudi Arabia resumed in May on a temporary basis for pilgrims taking part in the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.

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