Saudi Arabia States, Airspace Restriction For Qatar Flights Was To Safeguard People

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Comparable declarations were likewise released by the UAE and Bahraini air travel authorities.

Global|Reuters|Updated: June 13, 2017

Saudi Arabia States, Airspace Restriction For Qatar Flights Was To Safeguard People
Saudi Arabia States, Airspace Restriction For Qatar Flights Was To Safeguard People

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s air travel body stated on Tuesday that the closure of its airspace to flights from Qatar was within the kingdom’s sovereign right to secure its people from any hazard. The remarks remained in response to remarks by Qatar Airways’ president that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were breaching worldwide law by locking out Qatari flights. The airspace closure was to safeguard the nation and its people from anything it views as a hazard and as a preventive procedure, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation stated in a declaration published by the Saudi Press Agency.

Comparable declarations were likewise provided by the UAE and Bahraini air travel authorities after a CNN interview of Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar al-Baker, who criticised the 3 Arab nations for the airspace closure.

The United Arab Emirates and Qatar have actually long been significant advocates of open-skies policies, which get rid of constraints on flying in between states.

These policies assisted the area’s biggest airline companies– Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways– to become extremely ports connecting travelers taking a trip in between East and West.

“From a market view point it’s frustrating and regrettable when airline companies get captured up in wider political level of sensitivities which hinder the advantages of competitors and customer option, which the area is renowned for,” independent air travel specialist John Strickland informed Reuters.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and transportation ties with Qatar a week back, implicating it of fomenting local discontent, supporting terrorism and getting too near Iran, all which Doha rejects.

In all, 18 locations in the area are now from bounds for Qatar Airways, which has actually likewise been required to close its workplaces in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Al Baker had actually interested the International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. company that administers the Chicago convention that ensures civil overflights, to state the airspace closure as prohibited.

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority stated it is completely devoted to the Chicago convention, however that the state books the sovereign right under worldwide law to take any preventive procedures to secure its nationwide security if essential, UAE state news company WAM reported.

The 3 nations’ air travel bodies likewise stated that non-Qatari personal and chartered flights from Qatar need to send demands to them a minimum of 24 hours prior to crossing the airspace.

The demand ought to consist of a list of names and citizenships of teams and guests, in addition to the freight brought by the airplane, they stated.