The UAE and Qatar have ended a three-year dispute, re-opening closed Middle East airspace that has meant diversions and longer flight times.
The UAE reopened all its air, sea and land borders with Qatar on Saturday for the first time since mid-2017 following the signing of an agreement at last week’s GCC Summit.
The diplomatic spat meant Qatar Airways flights from Doha had to avoid UAE airspace, extending journey times.
The dispute also involved Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, meaning Qatar Airways flights over their airspace were also subject to diversions.
The UAE’s foreign affairs minister Anwar Gargash told Dubai TV channel Al Arabiya trade and transportation could resume between Qatar and boycotting countries “within a week”.