Bahrain reopens airspace for Qatar-registered aircraft

Bahrain reopens airspace for Qatar-registered aircraft

By QLNews

Effective from today morning, January 11, 2021, 00:01 GMT, Bahrain's airspace has been opened for Qatar-registered aircraft, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) has reported.

In a press statement, BNA said, the country's Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) at its Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has announced that "Bahrain’s airspace is open for Qatar-registered aircraft, in accordance with established procedures."

Aviation analyst Alex Macheras also tweeted yesterday that Bahrain had updated its Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) to remove the airspace ban on Qatar that had been in effect since the Gulf crisis erupted three and half years ago.

This move comes shortly after the historic GCC Summit that took place in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

Last week, 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.

Under the Al-Ula Declaration, the countries agreed to restore relations and pledged to enhance cooperation for the stability and prosperity of the Gulf region.

The agreement between the leaders signals a new phase of unity, brotherhood, and solidarity in the GCC.

On the eve of the summit, it was announced that the Qatar-Saudi airspace, land and sea borders had been reopened. 

Starting today, Qatar Airways will begin flights to Saudi Arabia, with services to Riyadh, followed by 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.

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Source: BNA, Gulf Times

 

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