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Qatar joins GCC countries in aviation agreement to establish its own airspace – Doha News

An independent airspace is a key moment in Qatar’s history, especially after the abrupt closure of limited air routes in 2017..

Qatar, with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE, Doha Flight Information Region (FIR)the country’s own airspace on Wednesday.

The agreement, signed by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), binds the FIRs of all signatories and will enter into force on September 8th. The agreement follows the previous agreement signed between Qatar and Iran. April.

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The agreement represents an important step in the implementation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council decision of March this year regarding the establishment of Qatar’s FIR.

Qatar has been working closely with neighboring stakeholders to deepen its ties with its counterparts. Qatar’s Transport Minister Jassim Al-Suraiti said the deal showed the Gulf nation’s readiness to revitalize his FIR and add new routes.

FIR allows bay The state will expand its current sovereign airspace over the United Arab Emirates, Iran and Bahrain while enabling safe and sustainable air transport operations in the region.

“Qatar is gearing up for the establishment of a new airspace (Doha FIR) and has completed the final piece of the puzzle: Ahead of its activation, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Iran (new airspace and borders next month,” aviation analyst Alex Macheras tweeted.

The airspace, which will be established for the first time in Qatar, will redraw the skies of the world’s airspace map for the first time in decades. The Doha FIR will reduce Bahrain’s airspace and extend it to the UAE and north to Iran.

One of the achievements of the Doha FIR is that up to 70% of flights to the UAE pass through Qatar’s airspace.

With its own new FIR, Qatar will gain much-needed airspace independence and the country will maximize the efficiency of air travel around Qatar to better meet its air travel sustainability goals. will have the ability to transform

The latest developments in the establishment of the Doha FIR come just months before the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with shuttle flights operating between countries in the region.

“Coincidentally, the launch of the new Doha FIR will take place just months before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the skies will be even busier,” said Macheras.

decisive moment

The FIR in Doha is an important moment in Qatar’s history. Especially after he abruptly blocked restricted air routes in 2017 when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt imposed a complete embargo on land, air and sea routes to Doha.

Qatar was forced to reroute flights for three years when regional rifts arose, but the dispute was resolved under the signing of the AlUla Declaration on January 5 last year.

The cracks in diplomacy have hit Qatari citizens as well as quartet people, tearing families apart and disrupting the studies of higher education students.

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