Airlines in Middle East break away from flying to Qatar

Airlines in Middle East break away from flying to Qatar
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said on June 5, 2017, it would suspend flights to Qatar after the United Arab Emirates was among major Gulf states to sever ties with Doha in an unprecedented regional crisis.
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PETALING JAYA - Airlines around the Middle East have suspended all flights to Qatar, with Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) announcing the move on its Twitter account.

Another airline, Air Arabia, also announced yesterday that it had suspended flights between Sharjah and Doha effective today until further notice.

The airline's last outbound flight from Sharjah to Doha departed at 6.30pm local time yesterday, while the last inbound flight from Doha to Sharjah departed at 7.25pm local time.

Passengers holding reservations on Air Arabia flights to Doha would be given the option of a full refund or flying to other destinations, it said.

Other airlines, including Emirates and Etihad Airways, have issued similar moves following a decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut their ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

The move has opened up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.

The last Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha departed at 2.45am local time this morning, an airline spokesman told Reuters in an e-mail.

Aside from these airlines, Dubai-based budget carrier flydubai said in a statement that it would also suspend flights to and from Doha from today after the UAE severed ties with Qatar.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways said on its website that it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.

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