News

Middle East Airlines in Tit-for-Tat Suspensions

Middle East Airlines in Tit-for-Tat Suspensions

As of this morning, Tuesday 6th June, Qatar Airways “has suspended all flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Bahrain and Egypt until further notice”. This follows the suspension of flights to Qatar by Saudi Arabian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Gulf Air and Egypt Air. Emirates said that its suspension of flights is “as instructed by the UAE government”.

The suspensions follow the announcement by the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and the Maldives to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar from yesterday, accusing Qatar of “harbouring a multitude of terrorist and sectarian groups that aim to create instability in the region” – a somewhat ironic accusation given the role of Saudi Arabia, in particular, in the region.

It remains to be seen how air traffic control and flight paths in the region will be affected. The two main routes in and out of Qatar are, or were, over either Saudi Arabian or Bahraini airspace.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

More in News

Luxair Offers All-Inclusive Fares from Dublin to Luxembourg

Michael FloodOctober 22, 2018

Freedom Travel to Open Blackrock Branch

Neil SteedmanOctober 22, 2018

China Southern Airlines Plans to Fly from Dublin to China

Michael FloodOctober 22, 2018

Upgrade Your Winter is Message from Swiss Tourism

Michael FloodOctober 22, 2018

Ethiopian Airlines Pulls Via Dublin Flights to Los Angeles

Michael FloodOctober 21, 2018

Four Province Winners of ITTN Travel Agency of the Year Awards Announced

Neil SteedmanOctober 18, 2018

Cobalt Air Cancels All Flights Due to “Indefinite Suspension” of Operations

Neil SteedmanOctober 18, 2018

Flight Check: Dublin-Doha-Bangkok with Qatar Airways

Neil SteedmanOctober 18, 2018

IMFT 2018 Shines a Light on Thailand’s Thriving MICE Scene

Fergal McAlindenOctober 18, 2018


Copyright © 2016 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland