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Qatar Airways announces the operation of a new airline between Egypt and Qatar
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The media in Egypt revealed this morning the operation of a new airline between Egypt and Qatar via Qatar Airways, as Assiut International Airport is preparing from next week to receive the first flights of an airline coming from Doha, specifically starting from next Sunday, July 4, operated by Air Cairo.

In a related context, some very important sources confirmed that the operation of this line will be on the fourth of July, and AirCairo is scheduled to operate two flights a week between Assiut and Doha airports.

In a related context, Air Cairo received on April 26, its latest A320neo aircraft, which joined its air fleet, which includes about seven aircraft, bringing the fleet size to 8 aircraft.

On the other hand, this comes as part of a deal that includes three A320neo aircraft, in addition to three others being negotiated to be received by the company this year, bringing the fleet to 19 aircraft of the same model until 2024.

Informed sources in the Ministry of Civil Aviation revealed that the Arab Republic of Egypt has already canceled the aviation declaration banning Qatari planes from landing or crossing the Egyptian airspace.

On the other hand, Assiut International Airport is preparing to receive the first flights of an airline coming from Doha, next Sunday, July 4, operated by Air Cairo.

Sources confirmed, in exclusive statements, that this line will start operating on July 4, and AirCairo is scheduled to operate two flights per week between Assiut and Doha airports.

On April 26, Air Cairo received its latest A320neo aircraft, which joined its fleet of 7 aircraft, bringing the fleet size to 8 aircraft.

This comes as part of a deal that includes 3 A320neo aircraft, in addition to three others being negotiated to be received by the company this year, bringing the fleet to 19 aircraft of the same model until 2024.

The A320neo is one of the world's most modern, single-aisle aircraft, besides that recently joined the Egyptian air carrier's fleet, which has become one of the youngest fleets in the Middle East and Africa.

The A320neo family has the widest body in its class, and the aircraft features the latest innovative technologies, including the best-in-class cabin and the latest generation of engines that deliver 20% fuel economy savings per seat. Among the environmentally friendly features and its ability to reduce noise emitted by 50% compared to the previous generation, as well as the spacious cabin design consisting of two classes with a seat capacity of 142 seats, 16 seats in business class and 126 seats in economy class.

Informed sources at the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that the Arab Republic of Egypt canceled the aviation announcement banning Qatari planes from landing or crossing Egyptian airspace.

The source confirmed, in exclusive statements to the Akhbar Al-Youm portal, that the decision to return will enter into force at 12 am on Tuesday, January 12, and thus return air traffic between the two countries to normal before the time decision.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had issued a decision to stop all flights between Egypt and Qatar and to close Egyptian airspace to Qatari aircraft registered with Qatari civil aviation, whether by transit or landing, on Tuesday, July 6, 2017, indefinitely.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the signing of the "Al-Ula Solidarity and Stability" statement during the 41st session of the Supreme Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf "Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah Summit, which witnessed the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Egypt Arab countries to reopen the air, land and sea borders with the State of Qatar.

This agreement paves the way for airlines to resume regional and global air connectivity, which reduces flight times, lowers operational costs for airlines, and provides essential air links that support the travel and tourism industry across the region.

Mohamed Ali Al Bakri, Vice President of the International Air Transport Association in the Africa and Middle East region, said: “The reopening of airspace with the State of Qatar by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the Arab Republic of Egypt is good news for travelers and the air transport sector, especially during these times. Critical times, as the direct route of flights will contribute to facilitating the process of transporting and distributing the Corona vaccine globally, given the importance of the strategic location of the region and the intercontinental airspace.”

Al Bakri added: “This agreement will contribute to operating direct routes between these countries, which will save a great deal of time for travelers, as previous flights witnessed an increase in the original flight time from 40 minutes to more than 5 hours in some cases. Aviation, which contributes to helping them face the challenges caused by the Corona virus.

"We look forward to opening the airspace between the most important markets in the aviation industry regionally and globally, which in turn will pave the way for establishing safe travel corridors free of quarantine requirements between these countries and which will allow families and friends throughout the region to reconnect easier," Al Bakri continued.

The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries had signed the final Al-Ula statement of the 41st summit, which stressed the lofty goals of the council, to achieve cooperation, interdependence and integration among the GCC states in all fields, to reach their unity, enhance their regional and international role, and work as one economic and political group to contribute to achieving security and peace stability and prosperity in the region.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry also signed the statement on Arab reconciliation in Saudi Arabia.

A statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that this signing comes within the framework of the Egyptian constant keenness on solidarity among the Arab Quartet countries and their orientation towards uniting ranks and eliminating any impurities between the brotherly Arab countries.

It is noteworthy that Assiut International Airport has obtained the health accreditation certificate for safe travel, which is granted by the Airports Council International (ACI) within the AHA Airports Health Accreditation Program, to ensure the provision of safe flights for all travelers and in accordance with international standards and occupational safety and health controls set by both ACI and the International Organization ICAO Civil Aviation.