Emirates, flydubai to suspend Qatar flights and Qatar to cut Saudi flights
Gulf carriers are suspending flights to Qatar for an indefinite period from Tuesday morning following the cut in GCC diplomatic ties. Etihad Airways, Emirates, flydubai and Gulf Air were among the airlines that issued statements announcing the suspension of flights to Dohaâ??s Hamad International Airport, and most said they would issue refunds for affected passengers. The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its relationship with Iran and support of the Muslim Brotherhood. An Emirates spokesperson said in a statement: â??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 02:30am on 6 June. The last flight from Doha to Dubai will depart as EK848 at 03:50am on 6 June. Meanwhile Qatar Airways announced on its website it had suspended flights to Saudi Arabia - but it did not say whether similar suspensions would apply to other Gulf states. Its statement said: Qatar Airways has suspended all flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia until 23:59 UTC on 05thJune (02.59 Doha Time on 6th June). Oman Air, which typically prefers diplomatic neutrality, said it would continue to operate flights to Doha as normal.