The latest round of violence in Syria has pushed the few remaining airliners operating in the country to announce a suspension or a reduction of their flights to Damascus citing falling passenger numbers and security conditions.
The number of passengers that used the Airport of Qamishli, in the northeast of the country, rose to over 30,205 in the first six months of the year.
Container traffic at the Port of Lattakia fell 21.03 percent in the first half of this year compared to the same period of 2011.
Syrianair is finalizing discussions with a Russian manufacturer to buy new regional aircrafts, its general manager, Ghaidaa AbdulLatif, said.
Syria ranked 92nd in the world in the 2012 edition of the Logistics Performance Index of the World Bank, a survey that measures the logistics “friendliness” of a country.
The sale of new cars declined 51 percent last year in Damascus, according to a local-government official.
SIVECO, a car assembly company, has reported a 16.8 percent decline in its 2011 sales and a steeper 92.0 percent decrease in its after-tax profits.
Syrianair, Syria’s state-owned national carrier, is benefitting from the withdrawal of international companies from the market and the unrest in various parts of the country to increase the size of its operations.
Turkish Airlines, one of the few remaining international carriers still flying to Syria, announced that it will stop all flights to the country starting April 1.
Air France, the only remaining European carrier to fly to Syria, has suspended its flights to Damascus, according to local travel agents.
Updated February 23: The number of vehicles on Syrian roads rose 7.88 percent to 2.21 million last year, according to the Ministry of Transport.
Gulf Air and Saudi Arabia Airlines have announced that they were closing their flight services to Damascus.
Damascus Cargo Village, a company handling cargo and warehousing facilities in Damascus International Airport, has reported a steep decline in its revenues and profits last year.
The attacks on Syria’s railway network in the last few months cost the Syrian Railways Organisation, the country’s rail transporter, an estimated SYP 1.7 billion, George Muqaabari, the head of the company, said.
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