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Saudi Arabia to resume flights to Qatar on Monday

Flag carrier SAUDIA set to restart flights to Qatar as of next week for first time in more than 3 years

09.01.2021
Saudi Arabia to resume flights to Qatar on Monday

RIYADH

Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier plans to resume flights to Qatar as of Monday for the first time since 2017, after the two neighbors signed a reconciliation deal.

“SAUDIA resumes operating flights from Riyadh and Jeddah to Doha, with 4 scheduled weekly flights from Riyadh and 3 weekly flights from Jeddah, and the first flight from Riyadh to Doha takes off on Monday Jan. 11 at 16:40hrs local time,” the state-owned company said on Twitter.

The move came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt signed a reconciliation agreement with Qatar to end more than three years of feud.

On Thursday, Qatar Airways said it began to reroute its flights to pass through Saudi airspace.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia said that it agreed to reopen airspace and land and sea border to Qatar, as part of an agreement to lift a Saudi-led blockade imposed on Qatar since 2017.

Saudi Arabia and its allies accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, an accusation vehemently denied by Doha, which decried the blockade as an attempt to infringe on its sovereignty.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara.

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