WATCH: First Saudi Airlines flight arrives in Qatar
After nearly three and a half years since the Gulf crisis erupted, the first Saudi Arabian flight touched down in Doha last evening.
Following the decision to open Qatar-Saudi airspace, land and sea borders, the two nations saw the resumption of flights from January 11, 2021.
Passengers on the Saudi Arabian flight were given a warm welcome upon arrival at Hamad International Airport (HIA).
The Saudi Arabian airline said it will operate weekly flights from Jeddah and Riyadh.
Earlier yesterday, Qatar Airways (QA) also operated its first flight to the Gulf state. The QR 1164 took off from Doha and arrived in Riyadh.
QA will also start flights to Jeddah on Thursday, January 14, 2021, and Dammam on Saturday, January 16, 2021.
The airline will operate daily flights to Riyadh and Dammam, and four weekly flights to Jeddah.
On a related note, from yesterday, January 11, 2021, 00:01 GMT, Bahrain's airspace has been opened for Qatar-registered aircraft, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) has reported.
These developments follow from the historic GCC Summit that took place in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, where leaders of the Gulf States came together at the 41st session of the Supreme Council of the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), held in Al-Ula Governorate in Saudi Arabia.
The agreement between the leaders signals a new phase of unity, brotherhood, and solidarity in the GCC.
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