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Qatar Airways resumes flights to Cairo as Egypt, UAE renew Doha operations

  • Jan 18, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
  • Number of views: 2627
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The first direct flights since 2017 between Qatar, and Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took to the skies Monday, following the end of a regional crisis.
Egypt and the UAE joined Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in cutting ties with Qatar in June 2017. The quartet agreed to heal the rift at a Gulf summit on January 5 in Saudi Arabia.
The first commercial flight from Qatar to Egypt in three and a half years, an EgyptAir service to Cairo, took off from Doha airport on Monday. It was followed shortly after by the arrival of an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah in the UAE. A Qatar Airways flight was scheduled to depart from the Hamad International Airport in Doha at 15:30 PM. It was set to arrive at the Cairo International Airport at 17:55PM. 
The resumption of flights from Doha to Cairo will simplify travel for the large contingent of Egyptians living in Qatar.
As many as 300,000 Egyptians call Qatar home, according to official statistics, but many were unable to travel home during the crisis.
A Qatar Airways plane was due to also make the trip to Cairo later Monday.
Flights between Doha and Saudi Arabia, which has also opened its land border to Qatar, resumed on Jan. 11.