The Hijaz Railways Corporation has joined the International Union of Railways (UIC according to its French acronym).
For the first time since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the passenger train service between Aleppo and Mossul (northern Iraq) resumed its services on 21 November.
Makram Obeid, Minister of Transport, announced that expansion works would be carried out on Mazzeh Airport, Damascus' other, and smaller, airport, starting next year, acording to Teshreen.
Etihad Airways, the new Abu-Dhabi based luxury airline company inaugurated its first flight to Damascus on 07 December.
With the ambitious development plans of the two national railways operators, Syria is set to capitalize, at last, on its strategic geographic position.
The first low cost Arab air carrier has inaugurated its first flight to Damascus.
Syrianair has recently opened its fifth new office of the year in Sayyida Zeinab, in the outskirts of Damascus.
The national air carrier, Syrian Arab Airlines is expected to make a new order for six new Airbus aircrafts.
One of the most significant direct consequences of the landmark Law N°10, passed in 1991 to provide a more friendly environment to private sector investment, was the complete overhaul of the national transport sector.
Syria and the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU financing institution, have signed the final agreement on the EUR 50 million loan from the EIB for the modernisation and development of the port of Tartous.
The Hijaz railway station, the historical station in the heart of the city of Damascus, will be refurbished following the award of a contract for that purpose by the Hijazi Railways Organisation (HRO).
Over 13 millions tons have been handled by Syria's two ports of Tartous and Lattakia in 2002, a record level.
Syria has signed a safe skies deal with all of Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
Syria has signed an agreement to borrow from the European Investment Bank (EIB) a EUR50 million loan to help the expansion and modernization of Tartous port, the country's largest port.
Makram Obeid, Minister of Transport, said that the capacity of Damascus Airport, currently of 2.5 million passengers a year, would be increased to 3.5 million in 2005, to 5 million in 2008 and to 10 million in 2010.
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