Jordan Airlines to Resume Flights over Syria after 7 Years Suspension
By Staff, Agencies
Jordan allowed airlines to resume flights in Syrian air space after a seven-year suspension as the Syrian government edges closer to ridding the entire country of foreign-backed terrorists.
In a statement carried by Jordan News Agency [Petra] on Monday, Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission announced that the permission was issued following a series of safety assessments.
National airline companies wishing to operate via the Syrian airspace are required to submit an assessment of air safety risks in addition to using a specific route and cruising at a set altitude, read the statement.
The regulatory commission further noted that it was still evaluating the conditions of Syrian airports, especially the Damascus International Airport.
Royal Jordanian, the flag carrier airline of the kingdom, confirmed that it was aware of the commission’s permission, adding, however, that the airline would assess the situation before taking any decision in this regard.
Back in 2012, Royal Jordanian halted flights over Syria and re-routed them.
Amman recalled its ambassador from Damascus a year earlier, when foreign-backed militancy broke out in the country.
Ties between Damascus and Amman were completely suspended in 2014 after Jordan expelled the Syrian ambassador.
In recent months, however, Jordan – among other Arab countries – has been moving to mend its ties with Damascus as Syrian managed to defeat the militant outfits on the battlefield and wrest back control of almost all areas of the Arab country.