Airliners As Political Weapons: Countries Isolate Qatar By Closing Airspace

Who really knows what’s behind the decision by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to cut diplomatic relations with Qatar, but it would not be far-fetched to suggest these countries and Egypt, Libya and the Maldives, are weaponizing aviation by closing the airspace needed to bring civilian air traffic in and out of the Persian Gulf nation. It is effectively imposing sanctions on Qatar by airspace closure.

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