Aleppo Airport serves the city of Aleppo, Syria. Owing to the conflict in Syria, travelers will have to check to find out if there are flights into the city. Ordinarily, the airport is a secondary transportation hub for Syrian Airlines. Flights out of Aleppo have been suspended, but as the situation changes, the hope is that the airport can resume its flight schedule that includes landings and departures. Also, as the situation stabilizes and the city begins to rebuild, more travelers to Syria are likely. Aleppo is an ancient city—one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on the planet, so it has historically attracted travelers from all over the world.
Best Time to Fly to Aleppo
Travelers should note that Aleppo is not currently a safe destination because of the country’s civil war. Although there are signs of improvement, the city is unsafe for travel. Currently, only reporters are flying to Aleppo or entering the city by some other means. When travel resumes, the climate dictates that spring and summer are ideal times to visit. Summers can be incredibly hot, but flights may be cheaper at that time.
What to Expect at Aleppo Airport
Before the war, travelers were advised to procure their visas in their home countries. It’s easier to get a tourist visa generally in one’s home country. Travelers will need to present all of their travel documents to customs agents. Travelers arriving from the U.S. will have to have to procure a transit visa upon arrival, which could take hours. During the wait, they may need to simply relax in an airport lounge.
Even before the war, Aleppo Airport only offered very basic services and amenities for travelers. When procuring cheap flights to Aleppo in the future, travelers will need to ascertain whether ATMs are available. In recent years, they have not. Travelers could also not use travelers’ checks at the airport. It’s important for travelers to check prior to leaving what the security situation is like in Aleppo. It is uncertain whether or not Aleppo Airport will have reliable wi-fi once tourism resumes, so it’s a good idea to visit Skyscanner before the flight to locate affordable Aleppo hotels and other accommodations.
Things to See and Do in Aleppo
Assuming travelers enter the city post-conflict, it will be essential to respect the rebuilding process. The war has left many attractions and historic architecture damages. Some buildings may not be accessible. When designing a travel itinerary, travelers should include the attractions they most wish to see along with a plan B list of options in case some of the sites they want to visit are closed.
Ideally, the following Aleppo sites and attractions will be open and travelers will certainly want to check them out if possible: The Great Mosque, Saint Simeon’s Basilica, The Souq, and the Citadel. Sadly, Aleppo has been one of the most damaged cities associated with the Syrian Civil War. It’s atmosphere is not likely to resemble post-war Aleppo for at least a decade. When travel resumes, tourists may find a changed city, but one that is in rebuilding mode and, therefore, friendly to travelers and a budding tourism industry.
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