The market for cars in Damascus has declined to only 0.5 percent of its level four years ago, according to official data.
Cham Wings, a Syrian private charter airline, said that it began last week its first flight on a domestic route.
Syria’s income from air traffic has declined by almost three quarters year-on-year as most international companies have rerouted their flight plans.
Traffic at Syria’s two commercial ports has remained relatively stable in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period of last year, official data show.
At least a dozen regional and international companies are still flying over Syria’s air space in spite of the ongoing war.
Cham Wings, a private charter airline, is planning to resume operations in the next few days, betting on high demand for domestic flights, as roads remain insecure.
Syria plans to open direct shipping lines with Iran and Russia to ease foreign trade ties.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration banned on August 18 all American airlines from flying over Syria.
Contrary to Lattakia’s Port, Syria’s other commercial port, the Port of Tartous witnessed a decline in the volume of cargo handled in the first half of this year.
The number of containers handled at the Lattakia Port in the first half of this year increased 30 percent compared to the same period of last year, confirming an improvement in trading activity.
Syrianair has announced that its safety accreditation has been renewed by IATA.
The executive of Syria’s opposition has published one of its first tenders for the repair and maintenance of a road within Syrian territory in a move that serves to assert its ambitions.
Syria has repaired two of its civilian aircrafts in Iran, according to local press reports.
The airport of Qamishli in Syria’s northeast continues to witness relatively strong traffic, as the country’s roads remain insecure.
A new Syrian private airliner will start flying a daily round trip from Damascus to Kuwait starting March 30.


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