Royal Jordanian suspends Syria operations

Airline says all flights to Damascus, Aleppo halted amid as Syrian troubles escalate
Royal Jordanian suspends Syria operations
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 20 Jul 2012 09:32 AM

Royal Jordanian has announced that it is suspending its operations on both of its Syrian routes.

The flights between Amman and Damascus and Aleppo have been halted with immediate effect, in light of the regression in the demand on travel to both routes due to the current turmoil in Syria, the airline said in a statement.

The carrier added that it will constantly review the decision and will resume services to Damascus and Aleppo if demand returns.

Royal Jordanian said it has also put various options to passengers who had already been issued their tickets to Syrian destinations.

The airline said passenger can refund the tickets or revalidate them for a later date.

Royal Jordanian operates daily scheduled flights between Amman and the two Syrian cities.

The United States said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was losing control of his country and urged Russia and the international community to get behind a political transition plan to avert sectarian civil war.

US President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin - Assad's main international supporter - after a Damascus bomb blast killed Syria's defence minister and Assad's brother-in-law, throwing the 16-month old rebellion onto an unpredictable new path.

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