Qatar Airways resumes flying through Saudi Arabian airspace

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Qatar Airways has been granted permission to resume routing flights through the airspace of Saudi Arabia after a 3.5 year long political blockade was ended.

The airline had been banned from Saudi Arabia and some of Saudi’s allies, including the UAE, since June 2017. All Qatar Airways flights were forced to be routed around these countries, leading to significantly longer flight times on some routes.

On Tuesday, January 5th, it was first announced that the blockade would be lifted. However, flights were not immediately restarted.

Thursday evening, Qatar Airways announced that it has now restarted using Saudi Arabian airspace. The first flight to be routed via the country was flight QR1365 to Johannesburg, South Africa, according to the airline.