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Situation At Damascus Airport  
User currently offlineusdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 951 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7625 times:

Over the past 24 hours, there have been reports of the highway being closed to the airport in Damascus as well as problems encountered by a Kuwaiti airliner trying to land. I have not been able to find any articles, however, reporting exactly what the situation is. Does anyone have any specific news? My heart goes out to anyone in Syria who must deal with this conflict day after day. Assalamu alaikum.

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User currently offlineFlyingsottsman From Australia, joined Oct 2010, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7174 times:

I had a look on the webb for any news reports involving Damacus Airport and there has been nothing on it, but as the fighting has started to reach the capital I should imagine the airlines that serve Damascus would be starting to rethink about their services to the capital now. I think its a wait and see situation, has anyone on the a net heard of any airlines suspending flights to Damacus and how is this situation affecting Syrian Air ? Lets hope this some how ends very soon.

User currently onlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2960 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7067 times:
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Damascus airport remains functioning and the regional players continue to operate

That's
Royal Jordanian
Emirates
Air Arabia
Etihad
Egyptair
Iran air
Yemenia
Ethiopian

Scheduled today

The Europeans have suspended services and Syrianair are effectively grounded by maintenance issues

The only regular international service currenty operating is to Moscow via Aleppo and they are deploying the last remaining airworthy Tu134 !


User currently offlineFlyingsottsman From Australia, joined Oct 2010, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7031 times:

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 2):
The only regular international service currenty operating is to Moscow via Aleppo and they are deploying the last remaining airworthy Tu134 !

Is that Syrian Air you are talking about rutankrd?


User currently onlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2960 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6964 times:
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Quoting Flyingsottsman (Reply 3):

Yes it is they have one Tu134 that in normal time shuttles to Latakia and occasionally Aleppo .



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User currently offlineFlyingsottsman From Australia, joined Oct 2010, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6787 times:

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 4):
Yes it is they have one Tu134 that in normal time shuttles to Latakia and occasionally Aleppo .

That TU-134 looks very smart in that livery, good to see there are still a couple of TU-134s still flying. it will be interesting just how Syrian Arab Airlines gets through this.


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7155 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6632 times:

saw Syrian A320 loperating at FRA last month..

User currently onlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

Quoting rutankrd (Reply 2):
Syrianair are effectively grounded by maintenance issues

Rubbish. All A320's and ATR are operating normally.



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineusdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 951 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4589 times:

What I'm curious to know is, if the al Assad regime falls, who keeps the government going and would that impact security, passport inspection, visas and customs at the airport?

User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Slightly off topic, but Armavia resumed flights to Aleppo in early July.

Quoting usdcaguy (Reply 8):
What I'm curious to know is, if the al Assad regime falls, who keeps the government going and would that impact security, passport inspection, visas and customs at the airport?

I would think that these people will keep coming to work as long as they are getting paid and as long as it is safe for them to do so.



Someone repaint ZK-PBG!
User currently offlineplanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4069 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 7):
Rubbish. All A320's and ATR are operating normally.

Today, June 18, only RB441 operated a flight to Aleppo continuing to VKO.
Yesterday, no RB flights operated, and tomorrow, Thursday, no flights are scheduled to be operating.
The fleet therefore isn't operating normally.

Does anyone know where RB's aircraft are currently? Ar ethey all in DAM?


User currently offlineSeabiscuit From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 7):

They are on the us embargo list. Who does the maintenance?



Seabiscuit
User currently onlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3595 times:

Quoting planenutz (Reply 10):
Today, June 18, only RB441 operated a flight to Aleppo continuing to VKO.
Yesterday, no RB flights operated, and tomorrow, Thursday, no flights are scheduled to be operating.
The fleet therefore isn't operating normally.

Let me guess, your source is flightstats.com (a.k.a. unreliablestats.com)?

Let's take the A320's as example for yesterday, July 18th:
RB121/122 DAM-ALP-DEZ-ALP-DAM opb YK-AKA
RB137/138 DAM-ALP-DAM opb YK-AKA
RB201/202 DAM-ALP-CAI-ALP-DAM opb YK-AKD
RB353/354 DAM-ALP-ALG-ALP-DAM opb YK-AKF
RB381/382 DAM-JED-DAM opb YK-AKB
RB389/390 DAM-RUH-DAM opb YK-AKB
RB427/428 DAM-ALP-BEY-BRU-BEY-ALP-DAM opb YK-AKE
RB437/438 ALP-EVN-ALP opb YK-AKA
RB441/442 DAM-ALP-VKO-ALP-DAM opb YK-AKA
RB515/516 DAM-DXB-DAM opb YK-AKF
RB527/528 DAM-DMM-DAM opb YK-AKD
RB531/532 LTK-BGW-LTK opb YK-AKC
RB535/536 DAM-BGW-DAM opb YK-AKC
RB601/602 DAM-JED-DAM opb YK-AKC
RB2471/2472 DAM-JED-DAM opb YK-AKB
RB2473/2574 LTK-DAM-JED-DAM-LTK opb YK-AKC

Several other domestic flights operated by the ATR's.



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7458 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

Given how few B747SP are left, hopefully the Syrianair examples will not get in the way of an RPG.

Things in Syria look to be coming to a head.


User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8052 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 13):
Given how few B747SP are left, hopefully the Syrianair examples will not get in the way of an RPG.

They're in Saudi Arabia, will never fly again. D-checked and ready to return to service until fighting broke out in Syria, they are now being taken apart for spares. Rudders are gone, some wing surfaces and internal parts too. RIP RB SPs.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently onlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 14):
They're in Saudi Arabia, will never fly again.

So they are still in Riyadh? I thought they were ferried back to Damascus some while ago, but that must be incorrect then?



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7458 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

When did they go to Saudia Arabia.

Were they planned to go back into service?.


User currently offlineplanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 12):
Let me guess, your source is flightstats.com (a.k.a. unreliablestats.com)?

I was looking at SITA (Certipath). Ir states that most of the flight listed were cancelled. RB515/516 operated 4.5 hours late.

For Friday, Egypatair (MS727), Royal Jordanian (RJ445) and Jazeera cancelled flights. However, Aeroflot, Emirates, Etihad, and flydubai are reporting normal ops. Messages have gone up in ACARS about low fuel supplies at DAM.

Also, apparently people are being turned away at immigration (even with full visas) with carriers having to foot the bill for all denied entries.


User currently offlineyegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1723 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3197 times:

RJ today suspended all flights to DAM and ALP until further notice

User currently offlineusdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 951 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

I show that IR has canceled its flights IKA-DAM-IKA for today, and MS has also canceled. Still no cancellation from EY or EK, although EY states it is monitoring the situation on an hourly basis. It would be interesting to know if there are many people at DAM trying to leave at this point, or if things are quiet.

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