EgyptAir plans to resume flights to Qatar starting Jan. 18

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Chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company Rushdi Zakaria said on Tuesday EgyptAir is planning to operate one flight per day to Doha, following the Egyptian State’s decision to reopen airspace between both countries and operate flights from and to Qatar.

“An additional flight will be operated in case of increasing demands,” Zakaria added.

“The flights schedule will be announced shortly after finalizing permits required by the aviation authorities in both countries.”

EgyptAir plans to run a daily flight to and from Doha, the aviation ministry said in a statement.

EgyptAir’s chairman told local TV that the carrier expected to resume flights to Qatar from Jan. 18. In addition to daily flights from Cairo, four flights a week would be operated from Alexandria to Doha, he said.

Earlier, Egypt decided to reopen its airspace with Qatar and allow the resumption of flights between the two countries as of today, January 12, according to a statement by Civil Aviation Ministry.

The move came after Riyadh announced a breakthrough at Al-Ula summit last Tuesday to end the rift in which Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic, trade, and travel ties with Qatar in mid-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, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

Qatar Airways was expected to restart flights between Doha and Egypt on Friday, pending approval, sources at Cairo airport said.

Goods transport between the two countries will also become possible under agreements that are set to be activated, aviation sources said.

 

The decision follows moves by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to end a boycott in which they severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar in 2017.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have all announced the reopening of their airspace to Qatar.

Source: Reuters

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