After a three-year embargo, following the Gulf crisis, Qatar has begun a process of warming its relations with several Arab countries. Egypt is also following this logic, through the reopening of its airspace in Qatar.
EgyptAir will resume daily flights between Cairo and Doha from January 18, 2021. The airline officials announced Thursday on its official Facebook page.
This decision confirms the gradual warming of relations between Egypt and Qatar. Indeed, the Minister of Civil Aviation, Mohamed Manar, had earlier announced the reopening of Egyptian airspace in Qatar. Its closure in the emirate had been decided as part of a sanction taken against Qatar by its Gulf neighbors since 2017.
In a logic of resuming cooperation, the countries in crisis signed the Al-Ula agreement on January 5, 2021 during the 41st summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council. While the Qatar Airways company has announced the resumption of flights to Egypt for this Friday, it will be necessary to wait until Monday, January 18 to witness the take-off of the planes intended to transport people.
It should be noted that this diplomatic rapprochement comes following mediation by the United States, one of Egypt’s main allies, which has put pressure on the countries in conflict to find common ground.
In the coming weeks, dedicated freight flights are also expected to resume after the implementation of the agreements between the two countries.
Source Ecofin Agency