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Jordan's national carrier stops flying over Syrian airspace
March 3, 2013 / 3:25 PM / 5 years ago

Jordan's national carrier stops flying over Syrian airspace

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan’s national carrier Royal Jordanian has stopped flying over Syrian airspace for security reasons, the airline’s head said on Sunday.

A Royal Jordanian airways jet arrives over the top of houses to land at Heathrow Airport in west London August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Syria is a major air and land transport hub for the Gulf and eastern Europe, and nearly two years of revolt there against President Bashar al-Assad has already severely hit multibillion dollar cargo routes from Turkey to the Gulf and vice versa.

The airline, a leading regional carrier, said the move would primarily affect Beirut, a major destination, with a route via Egyptian airspace and over the Mediterranean making a longer journey of its four daily flights.

“This move reflects the airline’s commitment to the safety of passengers and security of operations, even though this procedure involves additional costs to the company,” Amer Hadidi, President and CEO of Royal Jordanian told Reuters.

The airline stopped its regular flights to Damascus last year along with some other carriers.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Louise Ireland

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