UAE and Saudi carriers suspend flights to Qatar
ABU DHABI: UAE and Saudi carriers said yesterday that they would suspend flights to Qatar after their countries announced a cut in ties with Doha.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Dubai’s Emirates airlines said flights would stop today, after the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain said they would cut all air, land and sea links with Qatar within 24 hours.
Both carriers said the measure would stay in place “until further notice”.
Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai also said it would suspend flights to and from Doha. Meanwhile, flag carrier Saudi Airlines said it was suspending flights to Qatar with immediate effect.
The unprecedented measures against Doha include ordering Qatari citizens to leave within 14 days and banning citizens of the three Gulf states from travelling to Qatar.
Doha airport, along with airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have become major hubs after Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways seized a significant chunk of transcontinental travel on routes linking Western countries with Asia and Australasia.