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Expect chaos with Qatar Airways

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We won’t be seeing this image of Qatar Airways plane alongside that of Emirates for a while. Flights between Qatar and four Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates) will be suspended on Tuesday, June 6.

 

A few hours ago, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain decided to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. The decision was based on allegations that Qatar is a state-sponsor of terrorism and of organizations that threaten to destabilize many of the Middle-Eastern governments.

Almost immediately, Etihad announced that starting Tuesday, June 6, it will suspend all flights to Doha until further notice. FlyDubai and Emirates followed suit. Qatar Airways is still being contacted by the press but so far no announcements has been made. For sure, this will disrupt the operations of Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways routes in Middle East. Flights to Tabuk, Medina, Yanbu, Jeddah, Ta'if, Abha, Riyadh, Gassim, Dammam and Hofuf in Saudi Arabia will be suspended. This will also apply to routes plying between Doha and Bahrain as well as UAE destinations of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah will also be suspended.

Qatar Airways routes in Middle East as published by inflight magazine Oryx. Flights to Tabuk, Medina, Yanbu, Jeddah, Ta’if, Abha, Riyadh, Gassim, Dammam and Hofuf in Saudi Arabia will be suspended. This will also apply to routes plying between Doha and Bahrain as well as UAE destinations of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah will also be suspended. Not shown are destinations of Qatar Airways in Egypt – Alexandria, Luxor and Cairo.

The four Arab countries are closing its air, land and sea borders to Qatar and gave Qatari citizens within their territories 14 days to leave. This would mean that Qatar Airways could no longer fly to its destinations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. On top of that, the airline also could no longer enjoy overflights to these countries. This means a big headache since Qatar is a small nation virtually surrounded by airspaces of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

While there is no official word from Qatar Airways yet, the press are already foreseeing disarray, chaos and disruptions. Meanwhile, one can’t help to ask if indeed the Qatar government is actively supporting terrorism, does this mean that whenever we fly Qatar Airways, part of our money goes to terrorists?

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