OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 24894 posts, RR: 60 Posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4360 times:
After so many years being grounded Palestinian Airlines have launched services again not far from the border crossing with Egypt. Hopefully in future they can operate out of Gaza Airport.
Palestinian airline resumes flights
The Palestinian national carrier, grounded since 2005, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP 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.
AsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4025 times:
The airline states it has Fokker 50, a 727 and an A320. I don't recall they ever had Airbus. I know that the 727 is probably stored in Amman Queen Alia Airport.
Anyways, the key for Gaza to reopen is Palestinian civil reconciliation and unfortunately that seems elusive. We can only hope. Furthermore, a new airport to be built in the West Bank between Jerusalem and Jericho will eventually become the airline's main hub and the gateway to Palestine.
kl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 4977 posts, RR: 14 Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3690 times:
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter): The Palestinian national carrier, grounded since 2005, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP on Thursday.
Is there an open skies agreement that allows foreign airlines to operate out of Egypt?? I assume that this will officially still be seen as an israeli carrier right, as a palestinian state officially dont excist. Not to throw politics into this, but I wonder how it works.
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MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4117 posts, RR: 37 Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3285 times:
The Fokker 50s are Egyptian registered, SU-YAH and SU-YAI, no prices for guesses which vain leader even bothered to squeeze his initials into the registration. Probably it's seen as an Egyptian airline officially to avoid issues.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?