Qatar-Gulf rift disrupts regional aviation industry, flights suspended

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-05 17:09:54|Editor: Lu Hui
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DUBAI, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Following the decision by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya to cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, UAE airliners Emirates, Etihad and FlyDubai have decided to suspend flights to Doha until further notice.

Emirates, the Dubai government-controlled international carrier of the UAE, said in an e-mailed statement that "As instructed by the UAE government, Emirates will suspend its flights to and from Doha, starting from the morning of June 6, 2017, until further notice."

The Emirates' last flight from Dubai to Doha will depart as EK847 at 02:30 local time on June 6, it added.

All customers booked on Emirates' flights to and from Doha will be provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Emirates destinations, said the carrier.

Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai and Etihad Airways, owned by the government in Abu Dhabi (the UAE capital) also said they would stop flying to Doha until further notice.