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Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Other GCC Countries Cut Ties With Qatar

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Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Other GCC Countries Cut Ties With Qatar

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Other GCC Countries Cut Ties With Qatar
June 04
22:49 2017

UPDATE June 6 1:40pm EST: Qatar Airways has provided Airways with the following statement.

“Qatar Airways operations are running as normal with no disruptions to flights with the exception of those to the four countries Qatar Airways has been restricted to fly to. In response to these restrictions Qatar Airways has arranged for three charter flights departing Jeddah today at 16:00, 22:00, and 23:00 local time, to Muscat in order to assist all Qatar Airways passengers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We encourage all Qatari passengers stranded to make their way to King Abdulaziz International Airport to avail of these three flights today, Tuesday 6th June. Full details of these charter flights are available on Qatar Airways Travel Alert page. All affected passengers in Doha on route to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been assisted with alternative onward travel arrangements. At Qatar Airways, our passengers remain our utmost priority and we will continue to ensure they have a seamless journey to their final destinations.”

The following airlines have suspended service to Qatar: Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Saudia, Air Arabia, Gulf Air, Air Cairo, Air Arabia Egypt, EgyptAir, Rotana Jet, and FlyDubai. Also, Qatar Airways will suspend all flights between Doha and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Qatar Airways has issued a travel alert on their website stating “Qatar Airways has suspended all flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia until 23:59 UTC  on 05th June (02.59 Doha Time on 6th June).”

In a travel alert put on their website, Emirates said “As instructed by the UAE government, Emirates will suspend its flights to and from Doha, starting from the morning of 6 June 2017, until further notice. The last flight from Dubai to Doha will depart as EK847 at 02:30 am on 6 June. The last flight from Doha to Dubai will depart as EK848 at 03:50 am on 6 June. Emirates’ flights to and from Doha today (5 June), will operate as normal. Travelers bound for Doha, who are boarding their flight from airports around the Emirates network today (5 June), will be advised to make alternative arrangements.”

Etihad released a similar travel alert stating the last flights between Abu Dhabi and Doha will be on June 5th. Etihad Airways has upgraded aircraft on this route from an Airbus A320 family aircraft to the Boeing 777.

Citing ties to terrorism and allegations of meddling in affairs, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt have unilaterally cut ties with the country of Qatar.

The governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt have stated their airspace, land, and sea borders are closed to any traffic from the Gulf nation. This is a huge blow to Qatar’s national airline, Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways has had to suspend service to over a dozen airports due to these restrictions.

In the name of national security, Qatari citizens will be expelled from Bahrain within fourteen days. The UAE, however, has given Qatari diplomats a mere two days to vacate.

Speaking on the issue, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences. If there is any role we can play in terms of helping them addressing those, we believe it is important that the GCC remains unified.”

Airways will update this story as more details become readily available.

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