Thursday, May 10, 2012

► EGYPT: Palestinian Airlines restarts services between Egypt and Jordan.

Following a 7 year hiatus, Palestinian Airlines (PF) has resumed operations between Amman, Jordan and El-Arish, Egypt.

Palestinian airlines
A Palestinian Airlines Fokker 50 in March 2012. (Michael Frische)

Palestinian Airlines was established in 1994 and is owned entirely by the Palestinian Authority. Presently, it has a fleet of two Fokker 50s and a lone Boeing 727. After initially operating out of Gaza's Yasser Arafat International Airport, the airline was forced to move its base to El-Arish, Egypt following the airport's bombardment in 2001. 

Yasser Arafat International Airport
The ruins of Gaza's Yasser Arafat International Airport.

Aside from Amman, the airline plans to offer charter services to Saudi Arabia during the annual Muslim pilgrimage season.
“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.”