A delegation from the European Investment Bank (EIB) will visit Syria on March 9, 2002 to study the Tartous Port modernisation project and the possibility of partly financing it.
Air traffic between Britain and Syria is expected to increase after the signing of a bilateral cooperation agreement between the two countries.
The Syrian government has set aside USD34 million for the rehabilitation of port of Tartous.
A delegation from Japan's Bank for International Cooperation will be visiting Damascus this month to finalize the legal aspects of Japan's USD70 million financing of Lattakia's port extension.
Continuing controls from the US navy in the Mediterranean is leading a growing number of ships to avoid Syrian ports.
Jordanian and Syrian officials on Wednesday launched talks aimed at upgrading the land and maritime transport fleets of their countries' joint firms, said Sana, the state news agency.
Direct flights between Iran and Damascus will soon pass through Iraqi airspace, Behzad Mazaheri, the head of the Iranian civil aviation organisation said.
Tartous port saw an increase in activity of 47% in Tonnage and 108% in income between 1995 and 2001.
The Jordan Hejaz Railways (JHR) recorded a 326 per cent increase in the volume of cargo it transported between the Kingdom and Syria in 2001.
Syria and Lebanon signed a deal Thursday to rehabilitate an old railway linking the two countries.
Syrians will be barred from hiring cars as of January 1 under a new law aimed at increasing the government's revenues from custom duties.
The Kuwaiti Al Kharafi company has started the building of the motorway that will link the coastal city of Lattakia to the town of Ariha, and from there to Aleppo.
Syrianair has transferred the ownership of three of the six planes it had ordered from Airbus Industries in 1996, said Al Sharq al Awsat.
Syrian Arab Airlines will buy new planes next year as aircraft prices have dropped following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the director of the company said.
The Iraqi general railways company announced it was starting a weekly scheduled link between Baghdad and Aleppo starting from December 4th, said Al Mustaqbal.


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