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    After a 6-year hiatus, Qatar and Bahrain resume direct flights.

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    According to Qatar Airways, direct flights between Qatar and Bahrain will resume on Thursday.

    “From today, daily flights will operate to Bahrain. From June 1, we will boost frequency to three flights every day,” the airline tweeted.

    The choice was made approximately a month after Bahrain and Qatar jointly declared their intention to reestablish diplomatic ties.

    According to the Bahrain News Agency, Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs declared on May 16 that “flights between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Qatar, as of May 25, will resume in accordance with what was agreed upon between the concerned authorities in the two brotherly countries.”

    Gulf Air, the official airline of Bahrain, also announced that it will run three daily flights from Bahrain International Airport to Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, with plans to enhance this number in the near future.

    In 1950, Gulf Air operated its initial trip to Doha.

    The first flight’s date was not formally announced by Bahrain or Qatar.

    Following the second meeting of the Bahrain-Qatar Follow-up Committee at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, the two sides resolved to reestablish diplomatic ties, according to Qatar News Agency.

    The Al-Ula Declaration, which was adopted at the GCC summit in Saudi Arabia on January 5, 2021, put an end to the four-year blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, and was followed by the agreement, was signed more than two years later.

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