Jordan, Qatar resume commercial air links
Royal Jordanian, the national airline, said Saturday, June 30, it had resumed its flights to Qatar following the end to a diplomatic row over a Jordanian member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas who had been exiled in Qatar.
A statement said the company had "resumed its regular flights to and from Doha from Friday with a flight that left Amman for Bangkok via Doha." For its part, Qatar Airways will resume Saturday its regular flights between Doha and Amman, a company source said in Amman.
Royal Jordanian suspended its flights to Qatar on June 15, the day after a Qatar Airways flight arrived in Amman carrying Ibrahim Ghosheh, a Jordanian-born spokesman of Hamas who had been exiled to Qatar in 1999. At the same time, Jordanian civil aviation chief Jihad Rsheid called on Qatar to stop all flights to Amman.
Ghosheh, who was barred from entering Jordan, flew out of the airport on a flight to Bangkok on Thursday, ending a two-week standoff. He returned to Jordan early Saturday and was allowed to enter the country in line with an agreement under which he agreed to freeze his Hamas activities. ― (AFP, Amman)
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