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EU and Qatar ink landmark aviation agreement

The new deal will mean more flights between the European Union and Qatar by both EU carriers and Qatar Airways

A newly announced aviation treaty between the EU and Qatar will provide more opportunities for consumers, airlines and airports in both destinations.

Along with ensuring open and fair competition to guarantee a level playing field,  the new agreement will allow EU-based airlines to operate direct flights from any airport in Qatar the same would apply to Qatar Airways with regards to airports in the EU. In addition, airports in EU countries – including Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands – will be required to gradually increase their capacity by 2024.

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Speaking about the announcement, EU Commissioner for mobility and transport Adina Vălean said: “This agreement – the first one between the EU and the Gulf region – is a global benchmark for forward-looking aviation agreements. It is testimony to our shared commitment to economically, socially and environmentally sustainable aviation, based on a modern framework covering fair competition and closer cooperation on social and environmental matters. This agreement will bring new opportunities, more choice and higher standards for passengers, industry and aviation workers.”

For more information, visit europa.eu and qatarairways.com

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