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UAE, Bahrain airspace 'not open to Qatar aircraft'

Some Qatari-registered aircraft were permitted to fly in international waters managed by the UAE

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Dubai: The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has denied the news of opening its airspace to Qatar-registered aircraft.

The GCAA on Wednesday clarified that it allowed Qatar aircraft to use the airspace located above the international waters and managed by the UAE — but not the UAE airspace as reported by news agencies.

Bahrain also denied reports that said the Kingdom has opened its airspace to Qatar Airways, affirming that Bahrain’s sovereign skies remain closed to all planes owned by or registered in Qatar.



The Bahrain News Agency quoted the Civil Aviation Affairs as saying that all such reports are far from truth.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt has severed ties with Qatar for supporting terrorism.

Kuwait, which has been mediating the crisis between Qatar and the Arab quartet, said it would provide guarantees, jointly with the United States, to ensure that “no harm is caused by Qatar”.

Two US diplomats are currently touring the countries in an effort to resolve the crisis.

Meanwhile, Qatar, reeling from isolation, announced a visa-free entry programme for 80, mainly Western, nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism.