Qatar Airways now gets access to Bahrain and UAE airspace

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

Airbus-A350-Qatar-AirwaysInternational Civil Aviation Organisation announced  that Qatar Airways can now access a new route, over international waters in the Gulf, controlled by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.


Qatar had asked the ICAO to approve new routes, after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt banned Qatar Airways from their airspace, as part of economic and diplomatic boycott.


ICAO spokesman, Anthony Philbin, said that the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation has been working with “various Middle Eastern states, to ensure equitable access to airspace for Qatar-registered aircraft” since sanctions were announced on June 5th.


“Some existing air route availability has been assured, and some new temporary or contingency routes have also been developed,” including through Bahrain and UAE airspace, he said.


The air traffic restrictions have caused headaches for the 2.4 million residents of Qatar.


“The ICAO and the states involved are continuously monitoring related air route suitability and ATM (air traffic management) measures, which may still be subject to further modification, if necessary, by mutual agreement,” Philbin said.


Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at the aviation consultancy Strategic Aero Research, said, the new corridor, though temporary, bodes “well for a longer term solution that may provide much needed breathing space for Qatar Airways.”


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