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Qatar Airways to seek damages over illegal airspace blockade

Qatar Airways to seek 
damages over illegal 
airspace blockade

Tribune News Network
Doha
Qatar Airways (QA) has said that it will seek compensation for losses sustained from an “illegal airspace blockade” imposed since 2017 by four Arab countries.
The announcement came a day after the International Court of Justice ruled Qatar could challenge airspace restrictions imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt over three years ago before the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“Qatar Airways welcomes the judgment of the International Court of Justice affirming that the ICAO Council has the jurisdiction to hear any disagreement relating to the interpretation and implementation of the Chicago Convention 1944 and the International Air Services Transit Agreement,” the airline said in a statement.
“In line with the ruling of the ICJ and the legal precedent allowing Qatar to continue its case at ICAO against the blockading states, Qatar Airways will pursue its case for appropriate compensation of the financial injuries inflicted on it as a result of the illegal airspace blockade,” it said.
The statement added, “The arbitrary and abusive measures that these four states have taken against us have devastated our carefully planned decades-long programme for investment and growth in those countries. They have arbitrarily prevented us from serving hundreds of thousands of passengers, and transporting tens of thousands of tonnes of cargo to and from each of these countries annually.”
The airline further said, “We look forward to observing the return of Qatar to Montreal to urge the ICAO Council to condemn the illegal airspace blockade and take appropriate actions to require the four blockading states to comply with their obligations under international law.”