Air Serbia operates humanitarian Damascus flight

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Air Serbia operated a charter flight to the Syrian capital of Damascus this morning carrying humanitarian aid to those affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country, as well as Turkey, on February 6. The Airbus A319 aircraft, registered YU-APM, departed Belgrade this morning with six tonnes of cargo, primarily food and medicine. Additional flights will be organised in the coming days with some 100 tonnes of supplies to be delivered to Syria in cooperation with the Serbian Red Cross, UNICEF and other humanitarian organisations. “This is the first batch containing six of 100 tonnes of food and other supplies that have been donated to Syria. I am certain that together with Air Serbia, as well as other airlines, we will organise the transport of aid to the people of Syria in the coming days and weeks”, Serbia’s Defence Minister, Miloš Vučević, said. Air Serbia's CEO, Jiri Marek, saw off the special flight this morning. "We are very proud to be a part of this project with the aim of delivering humanitarian aid to Syria, which has recently been hit by the catastrophic earthquake. Organising flights to Damascus at this time is a very complex process. However, Air Serbia has previous experience in repatriation, evacuation and humanitarian cargo flights. We would like to thank all our partners for their support and patience in the process of gaining necessary permissions for this flight to be carried out successfully", Mr Marek said. There have been no scheduled flights between Belgrade and Syria since 2008, when Jat Airways last operated services to Damascus via Beirut, holding fifth freedom rights on the short inter-Middle East sector. In 2018, Syrian carrier Cham Wings applied for a permit to run scheduled three weekly rotations between the two capitals, however, it was denied a permit.






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  1. Anonymous13:34

    Well done.

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  2. Anonymous13:35

    So proud of Serbia

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  3. Anonymous13:40

    Bravo Air Serbia 🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸
    Bravo Serbia 🇷🇸

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  4. Anonymous14:04

    Great 🇸🇾🇷🇸

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  5. Anonymous14:18

    Let's not forget that people could also send sms messages for aid to Syria. I am sure part of these goods are from them.

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    1. Anonymous17:36

      Yeah, since everyone is busy helping Turkey.

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  6. Anonymous14:42

    Air Serbia it's getting stronger year after year. Despite all "doomsters and gloomsters" prediction

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  7. Anonymous16:48

    6T only? Any specific restrictions on that particular flt(cca 1000nm great circle distance)? A319 can carry a lot more on that distance(14t on 1000nm)...

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    1. Anonymous20:42

      Maybe the stuff took a lot of volume but relatively little weight 🤔.

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  8. Anonymous17:15

    I was searching if their embassy in Belgrade is still accepting aid by money transfer. Cant find anything.

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    1. Anonymous20:44

      Certainly do not send money through the embassy. The syrian regime will put it in their pockets and nothing will arrive with the needy. Just as most of this aid delivered by Air Serbia and others will simply ve sold on the black market. You would only be complicit in their crimes.
      Would be nice though to have flights to damascus again from Belgrade.

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    2. Anonymous08:21

      Just as the Turkish authorities put money in their pockets to allow the amnisty for the illegal buildings to stay in place and ended up killing 40.000 of their own people?

      Why is the death toll in Syria much lower?

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  9. Anonymous18:45

    Kuwait Airways once flew Kuwait City -Damascus -Belgrade till 1981 !
    Those were the times .

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  10. Anonymous20:11

    Finally something officially done for Syrian people. Most of us don't even realize how bad the situation is in there.. Turkey have the ability to solve this but Syria doesn't.

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  11. Anonymous03:04

    Croatia already sent 100 million eur to Syria and 4 trucks och supplies to Turkey almost 3 weeks ago

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    1. Anonymous03:07

      So? You are competing who sent more aid now?

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    2. Anonymous07:56

      +1

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  12. Anonymous03:06

    Croatia already sent 100 million eur to Syria and 4 trucks carrying supplies for turkey. They also sent some rescue workers with dogs to Turkey

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    1. Anonymous03:08

      Yes Serbia also sent rescue workers, rescue dogs, money and several tonnes of cargo to Turkey. But I kind of find the motive of your comment quite awful.

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    2. Anonymous09:09

      Not that it matter, but that is #fakenews Croatia has sent 200.000 EUR to Syria: https://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/clanak/vlada-odlucila-hrvatska-salje-turskoj-i-siriji-pomoc-vrijednu-preko-milijun-eura-foto-20230209

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  13. Anonymous06:38

    Bravo. Syria has mostly been ignored by the west due to politics. Nothing new.

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