- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 3, 2014

Estimates put the death toll of the Syrian civil war at 140,000, but that won’t be stopping a new Damascus-based commercial airline from opening next month.

“We hope to operate our first flights in mid-May,” Kinda Airlines chairman Naim al-Jarrah told Agence France Presse, Lebanon’s The Daily Star reported Thursday.

Once international insurance legalities are settled, the airline plans to include flights to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon.

The company, which was founded three years ago, has four Airbus 320s and a standby emergency aircraft from airlines in Jordan and the UAE, The Daily Star reported.

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