The Wrap: Middle East nations resume air connectivity with inking of new agreement, Malaysia Airlines launches new online shopping platform, and more

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IATA hails the resumption of air connectivity between nations in the Center East

With the ending of the blockage Qatar Airways has resumed its flight to Riyadh. (Image credit – downtown Riyadh: foly_21/Getty Photos)

The Intercontinental Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed the signing of the ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement that will see Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt open their air, land and sea borders with Qatar.

“The reopening of airspace with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt is welcome information for the region, travellers and the aviation market in the course of these really difficult situations,” commented Muhammad Al Bakri, IATA’s regional vice president for Africa and the Center East on this latest progress.

“It will
permit the resumption of immediate flights between these nations and Qatar,
eradicating sophisticated transit travel itineraries that observed usual journey situations
raise from below an hour to around 5 hours in some situations.”

To recap: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt slash diplomatic and trade ties with Doha, and imposed a sea, land and air blockade in June 2017 in response to Qatar’s backing radical Islamist groups and closeness to Iran. Qatar normally denied the charges.

Saudi Arabia and its 3 Arab allies agreed to raise the restrictions at a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held past week in the Kingdom.

Al Bakri added  the agreement “also opens the doorway for the establishment of quarantine-totally free vacation corridors, which will allow people and friends throughout the region to be in a position to reconnect and enterprises trade extra easily. And will facilitate the transportation of Covid-19 vaccines globally offered the region’s strategic spot,”

In a associated growth, with the ending of the blockage Qatar Airways has resumed its initially flight to Saudi Arabia on January 11, departing Doha to the Kingdom’s funds Riyadh. The carrier will function the route each day with the Airbus A350-1000 plane.

Qatar
Airways will also resume flights to Jeddah on January 15 and to Dammam on
January 16.

Malaysia Airlines introduces Enrich Shoppe, its new on the web browsing platform

Enrich customers can shop at the recently-launched Enrich Shoppe from the ease and comfort of their house. (Picture credit history: Malaysia Airways)

Enrich, Malaysia Airlines‘ frequent flyer programme, has just released its new on-line shopping system identified as Enrich Shoppe.

The about four million Enrich customers are now equipped to generate Enrich Miles when searching at 500+ common online shops these kinds of as Sephora, Michael Kors, Watsons and Uniqlo, throughout 4  markets in Southeast Asia – Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

Run by RebateMango, a B2C cashback and loyalty reward factors system in Singapore, the Malaysian nationwide carrier mentioned the partnership adds “significant worth and supplies convenience” for Enrich associates to