Saudi Civil Aviation continuing to prevent Qatari planes from using airspace

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Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority said on Wednesday it is continuing its boycott of Qatar by preventing Qatari carriers from using the kingdom’s airports and airspace.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of fomenting regional unrest, supporting terrorism and getting too close to Iran, all of which Doha denies.

In all, 18 destinations in the region are now out of bounds for Qatar Airways, which has also been forced to close its offices in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority has denied news of opening the airspace of the UAE to Qatar-registered aircraft.

In a statement Wednesday, GCAA clarified that it allowed Qatar aircraft to use the airspace located above international waters and managed by the UAE and not UAE airspace.

(with SPA)

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