Syrian start-up Kinda plans full-service operation

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Syrian start-up carrier Kinda Airlines has received formal designation from the government to operate domestic and international services.

The operator, based in Damascus, is intending to open services from the capital to a range of Middle Eastern destinations early this year.

Kinda Airlines began to emerge in mid-2013 and says it intends to be a full-service operator.

It adds that it has been negotiating aircraft leases with Jordan Aviation, including an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 737-400.

“We’ve been licensed to operate a national carrier and perform scheduled flight within and outside the country,” says the operator.

Syrian Arab Airlines has long been the primary carrier in the country, although a regional operation, Syrian Pearl, emerged in 2009.

Armed conflict within Syria, combined with sanctions imposed on the state and its airlines, have badly affected the air transport system.