Flights resume between Egypt and Qatar

As the 41st Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) led to the ending of the boycott of Qatar by the Arab nations, Egypt has opened its airspace with Qatar. 

“The decision allows EgyptAir and Qatar Airways, as well as other Qatari airlines, to resume air traffic and send flight operating schedules to the Egyptian and Qatari civil aviation authorities for approval,” the head of the Egyptian civil aviation authority Ashraf Noyer said. 

On January 5, 2021, at the 41st Summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the leaders signed the Al-Ula declaration (named after the Saudi city where the Summit took place) aimed towards ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar.  

In a symbolic move, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signed the document alongside Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Kuwait’s Amir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said, and GCC’s Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf. Egypt was also invited to the summit and signed the Al-Ula declaration. 

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