The first civilian plane flying from the Syrian capital of Damascus with 120 passengers aboard landed at Aleppo International Airport on Wednesday after a nearly eight-year hiatus.
The passengers included the Syrian transport and tourism ministers and a number of travellers and media workers. Earlier in the day, the airport’s director, Mohammad al-Masri, said that all of the airport’s departments were ready. The facility was shut down in 2012 due to terrorist attacks. According to al-Masri, the airport was severely affected by the crisis in the country.
The opening comes as the Syrian government recently won back access to the M5 Damascus-Aleppo international highway from rebel control.
– Aleppo International Airport