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.