Skip to comments.Palestinian Airlines Resumes Operations
Posted on 05/10/2012 12:08:38 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
The Palestinian Airlines, which had been suspended for seven years, has resumed operations with flights between Egypts El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP on Thursday.
The renewal of operations was facilitated by an agreement reached between the Palestinian Transportation Ministry and the authorities in Egypt and Jordan.
The airline was forced to shut down after an onslaught of Arab terrorism during second Intifada caused Israel to retaliate, damaging the roadways.
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.
Albad said the resumption of flights was intended to make life easier for Palestinians travelling from Gaza through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt.
Reflecting on the resumption of flights as a positive development for the airline, he said, Its for our benefit too. Now we are flying our two Fokkers, which carry 60 people and are good for the flight to Amman.
Founded in 1995, Palestinian Airlines once took passengers from Gazas Yasser Arafat International Airport to various destinations in the Middle East.
Albad said in early 2011 that the airline, which was established in 1994 and is owned entirely by the Palestinian Authority, was heavily in debt.
For now the airline will operate two flights a week...
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are they flying russian superjets?
They have two 60-seat Fokkers. Go ahead. Joke about the name.
The Luftwaffe flys again!
Will the pilots know how to takeoff and land, or just how to steer?
This should drive our TSA nuts. Do they dare search or screen that airline’s passengers or would that be prohibited “profiling.”
How could you be so crude as to forbid guns on a flight? On route to a wedding in the Hijaz or Egypt, how will the guests fire shots in the air to celebrate?
Oh, come on. I know it's a venerable company with an illustrious history in aviation. But these are Palestinians and I just can't help it.
Meet the Fokkers!
Meet the Fokkers, office buildings...
“Would you like to sit in the bomb section or the non-bomb section?”
Are you in a blood feud with the Qys or the Yemen tribesmen? If you wish, we can seat you in a no-bloodfeuding section.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
El Arish is an appropriate home base for palestinian airlines.