News Listings for Gaza International

  • Gaza stays shut

    News | 01 Mar 2005 00:00

    <p>The reopening of Gaza International airport in the Gaza Strip is not included in the ceasefire recently agreed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The airport was forced to close in 2000 after Israel bombed the runway in retaliation for attacks on Israeli targets. The Turkish government says it is ready to repair the facilities, subject to an approval from Israel that the airport can reopen.</p>
  • Egypt gives go-ahead to Palestinian service

    News | 09 Apr 2001 23:00

    <p>Egyptian officials have granted Palestinian Airlines permission to start a service linking El-Arish, Egypt with Jordanian capital Amman. The Palestinian carrier will operate three flights a week in each direction. </p> <p>Most of the passengers will be Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, who have been unable to fly in and out of the territory since shortly after the start of the uprising against Israel last year. The Israeli authorities closed Gaza International Airport when a bus carrying staff to the facility was attacked. </p> <p>Palestinians arriving at El-Arish from Amman will be taken by bus the short distance to Rafah, before crossing into the southern end of the Gaza Strip on foot. </p>
  • Airport closure keeps Palestinian on the ground

    News | 05 Dec 2000 00:00

    <p>Palestinian Airlines remains grounded after its main base at Gaza International Airport was closed by Israel in October following the latest round of violence in the region. </p> <p>Prior to the troubles, Palestinian had been operating flights to Arab destinations including Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Gaza International is also served by several Arab airlines, including Egyptair. Flights to and from the airport are fully controlled by the Israeli air force. </p> <p>"The airport will remain closed until the area is safe again," says Avner Yarkony, head of the Israeli civil aviation authority. </p> <p>Palestinian has two Fokker 50s and a single Boeing 727-200, but was about to upgrade its fleet with two Bombardier CRJ200s and two Dash 8-300s. Part of the fleet is at the airport, while the remainder is stored in various Arab countries. </p> <p>The airport was initially closed by Israel on 8 October after a bus carrying employees of the Israeli airport authority was
  • Arab airlines set up regional marketing alliance

    News | 16 Oct 2000 23:00

    <p>Five airlines based in the Middle East and North Africa are establishing a regional marketing alliance aimed at boosting each other's traffic by providing intercontinental connections between their route networks. </p> <p>The move emerged from an executive committee meeting of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) in Beirut earlier this month. AACO secretary-general Abdul Wahab Teffaha says that the chief executives of EgyptAir, Middle East Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabian Airlines, who comprise the committee and "the nucleus of this alliance", have invited the AACO's 15 other member airlines to join the partnership. </p> <p>The five airlines will meet next month "to identify the technicalities". A pilot project is planned, based on routes selected between the region and destinations in Asia and Africa. The alliance will be based on "cross-feeding on long- and medium-haul routes that are covered by some members and not by others", says AACO. For exa
  • Opening Arab skies

    News | 31 May 1999 23:00

    Tom Gill JEDDAH Unity among Arab airlines is being tested over proposals for a single aviation market in the region as they struggle against a weak economic background. <p>With the Middle East peace dividend yet to materialise, weak oil prices , a continuing UN economic embargo on Iraq and political instability in many countries, these are challenging times for the Arab world. A recent International Monetary Fund report has confirmed fears of another slow year. Unimpressive economic forecasts for the Arab world have been revised downwards, to just 2%, while Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are in for a year of negative growth, it says. </p> <p>Arab airlines have not escaped the suffering. Following a decade of sluggish growth, passenger numbers for members of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) fell last year - for the first time since 1991. A marginal expansion in international passenger traffic failed to compensate for a disastrous contraction in domestic markets. Although seven out
  • Israelis anxious over Gaza airport

    News | 01 Jan 1999 00:00

    <p>After three years of wrangling, Israel finally permitted the opening of Gaza International Airport on 24 November, amid strong Israeli fears over security and the political capital being handed to the Palestinian Authority. </p> <p>Gaza International Airport is currently equipped to handle 700,000 passengers a year although only $70 million of the final $250 million cost has been invested. When complete, it will be able to ship a large, though not as yet unspecified, volume of cargo. This is worrying officialdom in Israel. "If we don't start building a second airport, a great deal of our bulk shipping, including produce, will pass through Gaza," notes Dalia Mazori, chairman of the Environment Ministry. </p> <p>Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is publicly unconcerned about the airport's cheaper handling charges. "I'm a big fan of competition. If this airport charges lower prices, it will be good for everyone," he says. </p> <p>Netanyahu finally was forced to permit the opening o