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Situation At Damascus Airport  
User currently offlineusdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 963 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7675 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, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7224 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 offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2985 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7117 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, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7081 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 offlinerutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2985 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7014 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, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6837 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, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6682 times:

saw Syrian A320 loperating at FRA last month..

User currently onlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6621 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, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4639 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, 1184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4244 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.



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User currently offlineplanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4119 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 month 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4103 times:

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 7):

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



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User currently onlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3645 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 onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7566 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3525 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, 8093 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3474 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.



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User currently onlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3426 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 onlinebennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7566 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3396 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 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3390 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, 1725 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

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

User currently offlineusdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3040 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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