Egypt Lifts Airspace Ban on Qatar

Egypt officially reopened its airspace with Qatar on Jan. 12, ending the airspace ban imposed three years ago, the aviation authority and state media reported.

Egypt officially reopened its airspace with Qatar on Jan. 12, ending the airspace ban imposed three years ago, the aviation authority and state media reported.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority Head Ashraf Noweir announced that flights between Egypt and Qatar will resume, including Egypt’s flag carrier EgyptAir and Qatar Airways.

“EgyptAir and Qatar Airways, as well as other Qatari airlines, can resume air traffic and send flight operating schedules to the Egyptian and Qatari civil aviation authorities for approval,” Noweir said.

Noweir also said that the aviation authority approved a request by Qatari authorities to allow Qatari flights to pass through Egyptian airspace.

Transportation of goods between the two countries will also be allowed, according to the aviation authority.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates also reopened their airspace to Qatar.

The decision comes days after the Gulf Arab States and Qatar signed the Al-Ula agreement at the 41st annual Gulf Cooperation Council Summit last Jan. 5, ending their three-year diplomatic dispute.


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