A few days ago the Gulf blockade came to an end, meaning Qatar is restoring diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain.
On the aviation front, this means that Qatar Airways can once again use airspace of these countries (decreasing flight time of many routes significantly), and it also means that Qatar Airways can once again resume flights to Gulf blockade countries.
Qatar Airways started using Saudi Arabia’s airspace a couple of days ago, and now the airline has announced plans to resume flights to three destinations in Saudi Arabia.
Qatar Airways’ Saudi Arabia flight details
Within the next week, Qatar Airways will resume flights to three destinations in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia used to be one of Qatar Airways’ biggest markets, so this is huge for the airline in terms of being able to restore global connectivity.
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Specifically, Qatar Airways will resume flights from Doha to Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam:
- As of Monday, January 11, 2021, Qatar Airways will offer once daily flights between Doha and Riyadh using 777-300ERs; this flight covers a distance of 308 miles
- As of Thursday, January 14, 2021, Qatar Airways will offer 4x weekly flights between Doha and Jeddah using 777-300ERs; this flight covers a distance of 828 miles
- As of Saturday, January 16, 2021, Qatar Airways will offer daily flights between Doha and Dammam using 777-300ERs; this flight covers a distance of 140 miles