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Final remnant of blockade lifted as Egypt joins Saudi, UAE and Bahrain in reopening airspace to Qatar

  • Jan 12, 2021
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After Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Egypt has also reopened its airspace to Qatar, bringing to an end the final remnant of a blockade imposed by the quartet since mid-2017. 
"Egypt officially updates its NOTAMs (notice to airmen) to remove its airspace ban on Qatar, which lasted 3.5 years — following Saudi Arabia,  UAE & Bahrain, and marking the end of the entire air blockade," aviation analyst Alex Macheras tweeted on Monday.
The Egyptian move comes after Saudi Arabia said it had opened its border with Qatar on January 4, a day ahead of a key GCC Summit that saw the quartet signing an agreement with Qatar to end the three-and-half-year blockade.
Saudi’s national carrier, Saudia, as well as Qatar Airways, announced on Saturday that they were resuming flights from Monday.
On Friday, the UAE also said it would reopen all of its sea and air entry points with Qatar starting on Saturday. Bahrain opened its airspace to Qatar on Monday.