Airspace avail­able in cri­sis, Qatar told

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates — Four Arab states that cut diplo­matic and trans­port ties with Qatar said Mon­day that they have opened up air routes that Qatari planes can use in case of emer­gency.

The United Arab Emi­rates’ For­eign Min­istry said nine cor­ri­dors were be­ing opened in co­or­di­na­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion. The of­fi­cial Saudi Press Agency is­sued a sim­i­lar state­ment.

Qatar de­nied that any new routes had been made avail­able, how­ever.

In a state­ment cit­ing its Min­istry of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Qatar Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, it said no nav­i­ga­tion an­nounce­ments have been re­leased out­lin­ing the new cor­ri­dors.

The min­istry and Qatar Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity al­leged that the anti-Qatar bloc was try­ing to “leak in­cor­rect news” ahead of a meet­ing of the in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion coun­cil on Mon­day.

The In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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