Egypt reopens airspace to Qatar after AlUla Declaration

Update Egypt reopens airspace to Qatar after AlUla Declaration
An Airbus A350 plane of Qatar Airways from Doha is pictures after it landed. (File/AFP)
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Updated 12 January 2021

Egypt reopens airspace to Qatar after AlUla Declaration

Egypt reopens airspace to Qatar after AlUla Declaration
  • Agreements set to be activated will also allow for goods transport between the two countries

Egypt is reopening its airspace to Qatari flights and allowing the resumption of flights between the two countries, aviation sources and state media said on Tuesday.
The decision follows moves by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to end a boycott in which they severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar in 2017.

The lifting of Egypt's aviation ban allowed Qatari flights to cross Egyptian airspace and national carriers from both countries to submit flight operating schedules for approval, Al-Ahram state newspaper reported.
Agreements set to be activated will also allow for goods transport between the two countries, according to sources from the civil aviation authority and aviation ministry.
Egypt and its Gulf allies imposed the embargo on Qatar over allegations it supports terrorism.
Egypt expressed its support for regional reconciliation at a summit in Saudi Arabia last week but had stopped short of announcing concrete steps to end the boycott.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have all announced the reopening of their airspace to Qatar.