CAIRO Nov 29 EgyptAir has cancelled its Friday
flight to Damascus due to the "deteriorating situation" around
the airport in the Syrian capital, a Cairo airport official said
The Dubai-based airline Emirates said it had
suspended flights to and from Damascus indefinitely due to
fighting between rebels and troops of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Egyptian official, who asked not to be named, said
EgyptAir would meet Egyptian officials in the next few hours to
discuss halting all flights between Egypt and Syria.
"EgyptAir received a note from its office in Damascus
requesting the cancellation of Friday flights until conditions
in the streets leading to Damascus airport improve," the
"The current deteriorating conditions there prevented around
50 percent of the passengers on the Thursday flight from
Damascus to Cairo from coming to the airport," he added.
EgyptAir operates daily flights to Damascus and five flights
a week to the northern city of Aleppo.
Around 40,000 Syrians have been killed since an anti-Assad
uprising began in March 2011.