American tourists are marking the return of air service to Doha after the U.S. pulled its commercial aviation service from the country last year because of security concerns. Since then, American and Canadian carriers have been barred from serving the Gulf state. The restrictions were lifted on Aug. 4, when American Airlines and Qatar Airways resumed services between Doha and Dallas. Qatar Airways resumed a daily service from Doha to New York. United Airlines will fly a daily, nonstop, nonstop flight from Doha to Houston on Tuesdays. Delta and Etihad Airways will serve Oman on weekdays. Emirates will continue with Sunday flights from Dubai to Doha.
Other destinations that have welcome American visitors and tourists since the ban lifted include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Sudan, Algeria, Cameroon, Burundi, and Algeria, among others. In Los Angeles, the return of flights into Saudi Arabia has affected 4,000 Los Angeles residents who had been forced to rely on Gulf airlines. International tourists and Gulf nationals have also been allowed back into Ethiopia.
This is the first time the U.S. has moved to lift a travel ban since removing Liberia and Guinea from its travel ban in 2015. The travel ban, initially intended to curb terrorist activity among U.S. citizens traveling to certain countries from which terrorism is known to have originated, was actually a response to the terrorist attacks in Paris that year. The new measures were ultimately put in place after a spate of terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016, including the 2016 shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
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