Etihad Airways has announcedÂ flights to Doha will resume as relations between the Gulf states continue to warm.Â Air travel in the Gulf is highlyÂ dependent on the regional political situation.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline will recommence flight serviceÂ to and from the Qatari capital on Feb. 15, according to a press release.
TheÂ Qatari diplomatic crisis began in 2017 when the United Arab Emirates along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their air, land and sea borders to the country. The political crisisÂ concerned Qatarâ€™s relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran.
Relations are now being repaired. The quartet hasÂ reopened borders with Qatar and is now reestablishing diplomatic relations following the Gulf Cooperation Council summit earlier this month. The warming willÂ allowÂ Etihad to resume its Abu Dhabi-Doha route.
The flights could help Etihad continue to navigate the crisis in global travel resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Etihad experienced a massive decrease in passenger flights last year. Abu Dhabi reopened to tourists in December, and the changeÂ bodes well for Etihadâ€™s sales for Doha flights.
Other flight routes are resuming due to the rapprochement between Qatar and its neighbors. Qatar Airways also announced this month it will resumeÂ flights to Cairo and Riyadh. Etihad will also begin flying to Tel Aviv in March, followingÂ the normalization deal between the UAE and Israel last year.