Damascus, SANA- The first flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) arrived in Damascus International Airport on Friday afternoon from Karachi Airport, paving way for the return of air traffic between the two countries suspended for more than twenty years.
The flight, which carries on board Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan , the Chargé d’ Affairs of Syrian Embassy in Islamabad, Mazen Obeid, president of Pakistan Airlines and 286 passengers, comes in the framework of re-operating the air flights from Karachi , Lahore and Islamabad ariports towards Damascus and vice versa.
The Pakistani Minister of Aviation, in a statement to reporters, thanked the leadership and people of Syria for the facilities offered to fulfil the flight, noting that it is the first step and will be followed by other steps for cooperation in the domain of flights between the two countries.
In turn, Transport Minister Zouheir Khzeim said in a similar statement that the flight is the first after 20 years hiatus and it is an important step to develop the economic relations between the two countries.
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