A first airplane has taken off from the international airport in the Syrian city of Aleppo in four years, during which the airport was closed due to the civil war in the Arab country.
The flight by a government airplane on Friday was a trial attempt in preparation for the total reopening of Syria’s second largest airport in the near future.
Government sources said the Aleppo International Airport was likely to reopen to the public by February but cautioned that things will be contingent on the military situation in the province of the same name.
If the airport in Aleppo resumes work, Syria will have at least four functioning airports open to the public. Authorities started rehabilitating Aleppo’s airport a few days after Damascus government forces took full control of the city in late December 2016.