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Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:44 am

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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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:39 am

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.
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:16 am

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 !
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:36 am

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?
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:50 am

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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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:14 pm

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.
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:40 pm

saw Syrian A320 loperating at FRA last month..
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:59 pm

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

Rubbish. All A320's and ATR are operating normally.
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:55 am

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?
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:49 am

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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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:56 am

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?
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:01 am

Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 7):

They are on the us embargo list. Who does the maintenance?
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:09 pm

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.
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:48 pm

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.
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:03 pm

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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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:25 pm

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?
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:35 pm

When did they go to Saudia Arabia.

Were they planned to go back into service?.
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:37 pm

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.
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:32 am

RJ today suspended all flights to DAM and ALP until further notice
 
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RE: Situation At Damascus Airport

Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:49 am

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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