Saudi carrier says Qatar has not approved hajj flights

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Saudi Arabia reopened its border with Qatar last week to allow Qataris to attend the hajj amid a months-long rift between the neighboring countries. King Salman also authorized Saudi planes to transport pilgrims at his expense. Already, more than 100 Qataris have crossed into Saudi Arabia since the border was opened.

But Saleh al-Jasser, the general manager of Saudi Arabian Airlines, was quoted by Saudi state TV as saying Qatari authorities have not authorized the kingdom’s aircraft to land in the capital, despite a request submitted several days ago to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Qatar’s foreign minister said his country welcomed the decision to facilitate the hajj for Qataris, however, the moves do not appear to have been coordinated with Qatar’s government.

Source Credit: ABS News
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