Civil flights have come back to Aleppo International Airport on Wednesday after it has been paused since 2012 due to outbreak of the crisis since 2011 in the country.
The first commercial plane, which started from Damascus International Airport, where the ministers of Information, Transport and Tourism, in addition to media professionals landed and announced the re-opening of Aleppo International Airport officially.
Aleppo International Airport was closed in 2012 because of the battles took place in its outskirts between the Syrian government forces and the armed opposition groups, where the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced the re-operation of the airport in late 2017, but it stopped the airport work after being targeted with several shells.
The Syrian Parliamentarian, Abdullah Wardi said to North-Press that Aleppo is ‘happy’ today, with the operating of Aleppo International Airport after 8 years of pause, in addition to the yearning of the merchants and the expatriates to come back and contribute in the reconstruction of Aleppo and Syria in general,” as he said.
The head of the General Corporation for Road Connectors, Ali al-Khowayled, said to North-Press: "What we are witnessing today is Aleppo's openness to the world.”
While Mohammad Hajj Mohammad, an officer in Aleppo Airport, said to North-Press: "The airport is completely ready to receive the travellers and the international and local air flights, where all the necessary maintenance works have been done,” as he said.
Two days ago, the Syrian Ministry of Transport announced the reoperation of Aleppo Airport and its readiness to receive the flights, and programming flights from Aleppo Airport to Cairo and Damascus in the upcoming few days.
During the past few days, the Syrian government forces were able to take control over Jamiyat al-Zahraa and al-Leiramoun neighborhoods in the western outskirts of Aleppo, in addition to the overlooking hills on the towns and villages of Anadan, Hraytan, Kafr Hamra, Qubtan al-Jabal, al-Sheikh Aqil and Einjara in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
While the Iranian-backed "Popular Committees in Nubl and Zahraa" took control over the towns of Hayyan and Bayanoun and the village of Tal-Mseibin on the highway in the north-western countryside of Aleppo, after the withdrawal of the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups from those areas.