Bahrain and the UAE open airspace to Qatar Air­ways

Business Traveller (India) - - UPFRONT -

Qatar’s na­tional news por­tal, AlJazeera re­ported ear­lier last month that Qatar Air­ways has now been granted per­mis­sion to fly over in­ter­na­tional wa­ters in the Gulf con­trolled by Bahrain and the UAE.

This fol­lows about two months after Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE put sanc­tions on Qatar, ac­cus­ing the coun­try of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism. As part of the block­ade, they closed their airspace to all Qatari-reg­is­tered air­craft. It re­sulted in Qatar Air­ways hav­ing to fly longer routes to ar­rive at its des­ti­na­tions — for ex­am­ple, to South­east Asian coun­tries.

The Qatari me­dia re­ported that Montreal-based In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICAO) has been work­ing with the Mid­dle Eastern states to al­low Qatari-reg­is­tered air­craft fair ac­cess to airspace. AlJazeera quoted ICAO spokesman An­thony Philbin: “Some ex­ist­ing air route availability has been as­sured, and some new tem­po­rary or contin­gency routes have also been de­vel­oped. The ICAO and the states in­volved are con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor­ing re­lated air route suit­abil­ity and ATM (air traf­fic man­age­ment) mea­sures, which may still be sub­ject to fur­ther mod­i­fi­ca­tion if nec­es­sary, by mu­tual agree­ment.”

The changes have emerged after a closed door meet­ing in Montreal with the UN avi­a­tion agency’s gov­ern­ing coun­cil. Qatar Air­ways had put forth its case stat­ing that airspace re­stric­tions are dangerous and il­le­gal. qatarair­

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