Syrians will be barred from hiring cars as of January 1 under a new law aimed at increasing the government's revenues from custom duties.
The Kuwaiti Al Kharafi company has started the building of the motorway that will link the coastal city of Lattakia to the town of Ariha, and from there to Aleppo.
Syrianair has transferred the ownership of three of the six planes it had ordered from Airbus Industries in 1996, said Al Sharq al Awsat.
Syrian Arab Airlines will buy new planes next year as aircraft prices have dropped following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the director of the company said.
The Iraqi general railways company announced it was starting a weekly scheduled link between Baghdad and Aleppo starting from December 4th, said Al Mustaqbal.
In an interview to Teshreen, Makram Obeid, the Syrian transport minister said that Syrianair, the national airline, should see its carriers' flying time increase from 7 hours to 10 hours per day, before planning to buy any additional plane.
Syria and Jordan are currently carrying out negotiations to modernise and enhance the railway track linking their two capital cities, said Al Sharq al Awsat.
Syrian Airlines has incurred losses of around US$ 6 million since the September 11 attacks in the United States, reported Al Thawra.
Syria and Saudi Arabia signed a deal Sunday to streamline passenger and goods transport between both countries, said Zawya.
The Iraqi General Railway Company announced the beginning of the construction of the railway link between Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, reported Al Sharq al Awsat.
The Iraqi Transport and Communications Ministry is getting ready to open a liaison office in the Syrian port of Tartus, reported Al Sharq al Awsat.
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