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Gaza airport may reopen

The Palestinian Authority has asked Israel to allow it to re-open the international airport in the Gaza Strip and revive operations of Palestinian Airlines, grounded since late 2001, as part of last month's ceasefire agreement.

The carrier suspended operations when the Israeli army ploughed up the 1,400m (4,590ft) long runway at Gaza's Dahania International Airport in December 2001.

Dahania-based Palestinian flew to Arab countries including Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. The airport was also served by Arab airlines, including EgyptAir, with flights controlled by the Israeli air force.

Palestinian, which launched in 1997, operated a Boeing 727 and two Fokker 50s and held orders for two Bombardier CRJ200s and two Dash 8 Q300s. The fleet is stored in Jordan.