PLO plans air link to Gaza and West Bank
Monday 30 May 1994
The airline is expected to consist of a modest fleet of 20 and 50-seat fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
The Palestinians wanted to use Jerusalem's Atarot Airport for direct flights linking the tourist sites of self-ruled Jericho to Cairo and Amman. International Air Transport Association (Iata) officials acted as a go-between, before the Paris accord was signed, but the request was turned down by Israel's Civil Aviation Administration (ICAA).
An agreement that also involves Jordan is essential, say Iata sources, because daily flights from Gaza to Amman will cross airspace of Jordan and Israel which is currently closed to each others' flights.
Sources say a helicopter shuttle service between Jericho and Gaza is planned, which in turn will be linked by daily flights to Cairo and Amman.
At present Egyptair is the only Arab airline flying to Israel, and Israel's El Al serves Egypt.
Scores of Palestinian pilots and other air crew, currently serving in a number of Arab airlines, have expressed an interest in joining the new venture.
A number of PLO pilots have been flying in Africa with the flag carrier of Guinea-Bissau since the mid-1980s, under an agreement on the supply of Palestinian crews brokered by the Libyans.
No name has been chosen yet for the airline.
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Oxygen-starved 'dead zones' with no marine life up to 100-miles long discovered in the Atlantic Ocean
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
Russian warships accused of 'chasing away' Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence
How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...