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06/05/2017

Emirates and Etihad to suspend flights to and from Qatar amid diplomatic dispute

WVN – Qatar Airways is yet to confirm the status of its flights to and from the UAE amid a GCC diplomatic row that has resulted in Etihad Airways and Emirates suspending all flights to and from Qatar starting on Tuesday.

On Monday, the UAE cut ties with Qatar including stopping all flights between the two countries in support of fellow GCC allies including Saudi Arabia.

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While all Etihad and Emirates flights to Doha – from Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively – will operate as scheduled on Monday, the services will stop from Tuesday, June 6, until further notice, according to the airlines.

 From 6 Jun, we will suspend all flights to and from Doha until further notice. For more info visit: https://t.co/4WHx54xHR0

 

A statement from Qatar Airways is expected soon.

The last Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart at 2:45am on Tuesday.

The last Etihad flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart at 4am on Tuesday. The last Emirates flight from Dubai to Doha will depart at 2:30am on Tuesday while the last Emirates flight from Doha to Dubai will depart at 3:50am on Tuesday.

Both Etihad and Emirates said that customers who are booked on flights to and from Doha will be provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate destinations.

Budget carriers flydubai and Air Arabia, which flies out of Sharjah, have also said that flights to Qatar would be suspended from Tuesday.

Etihad operates four return flights a day between Abu Dhabi and Doha. Emirates operates seven return flights a day between Dubai and Doha, while flydubai operates up to six return flights a day between the two cities.

Source – The National

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