A SyrianAir passenger plane takes off from Latakia airport bound for Damascus on May 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID
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A new Syrian airline plans to start flights from the war-torn country in May, a company manager told Reuters on Wednesday, following months of gains on the battlefield by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.The launch of Kinda Airlines, a private company, illustrates how Assad has been able -- in part -- to weather the three-year conflict, securing the capital and areas of the Mediterranean coast even as rebels advance in the north and east.Kinda Airlines' debut flight was first scheduled for January.SPA closed only a month after it launched when the Spanish company which leased its planes had to terminate contracts due to U.S. sanctions.
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