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Sharjah-based Air Arabia is set to resume direct flights to Doha on January 18, becoming the first UAE airline announcing a relaunch of services to Qatar in more than three years.
UAE-based Gulf News reported that the airline will deploy an Airbus A320 on the route and the first flight is scheduled to leave Sharjah at 4:10pm and touch down in Doha at 5:10pm.
"Customers can now book their direct flights between Sharjah and Doha by visiting Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call centre or through travel agencies," the report said, speculating that Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways was also planning to re-commence services between Abu Dhabi and Qatar. 
“As airspace reopens, Etihad looks forward to recommencing services between Abu Dhabi and Doha and once again, supporting growth of trade and tourism between the two nations,” Gulf News quoted a spokesperson as saying.
The move comes after the Al Ula declaration, which brought to an end a trade and travel blockade on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. The declaration, signed at the 41st GCC Summit held at the Saudi governorate of Al Ula on January 5, has paved the way for normalising ties between Qatar and the Arab quartet.
Following the signing of the declaration, Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabia's Saudia restarted services to Riyadh and Doha respectively.

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