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Gulf area map courtesy NOAA.
Gulf area map courtesy NOAA.

Emirates, flydubai, Etihad suspend Doha flights amidst middle-east diplomatic row

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have severed diplomatic relations with the tiny peninsular state of Qatar claiming the latter’s support of terrorism.

The four nations have cut all land, sea and air contacts too. Qatar, which boasts the highest per capita income in the world, shares its sole land border with Saudi Arabia which provides bulk of the formers’ fresh produce and diary supplies.

Kuwait and Oman are the two Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members who are maintaining their relations with Qatar.

Middle-east map. Courtesy Wikipedia.
Middle-east map. Courtesy Wikipedia.

UAE-based carriers Emirates, Etihad Airways and flydubai said they would suspend flights to and from Qatar beginning Tuesday morning. One can expect EgyptAir, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Yemenia, and other airlines from the four countries to follow suit.

Etihad flight suspension announcement

Etihad has released a statement and also a tweet.

From the evening of 5 June 2017, Etihad Airways will suspend all flights to and from Doha until further notice.
The last flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart as EY391 at 21:35 (local time) on 5 June.
The last flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart as EY398 at 22:50 (local time) on 5 June.
The aircraft for these flights has been upgraded to a Boeing 777.‎
All customers who are booked on Etihad Airways flights to and from Doha are being provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Etihad Airways destinations. Detailed information is available by calling the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000, or by visiting‎ etihad.com.\
Any further changes to the status of flight schedules to Doha will be communicated through the appropriate channels.
Etihad Airways regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of the suspension.

flyDubai flight suspension announcement

flyDubai has a post on its Facebook page.

From Tuesday 06 June 2017 all flydubai flights between Dubai and Doha will be suspended until further notice.
Today (05 June 2017) all flydubai flights between Dubai and Doha will operate as scheduled.
The last flights to operate between Dubai and Doha today (05 June 2017) are as follows:
FZ019 departing from Dubai (DXB) at 21:25 and arriving in Doha (DOH) at 21:25
FZ020 departing from Doha (DOH) at 22:40 and arriving in Dubai (DXB) at 00:50
FZ5001 departing from Dubai (DWC) at 20:20 and arriving in Doha (DOH) at 20:25
FZ5002 departing from Doha (DOH) at 21:25 and arriving in Dubai (DWC) at 23:35
(All times are local)
Passengers who have purchased flydubai tickets for travel between Dubai and Doha are advised to contact our Contact Centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 54 44 45, the flydubai travel shop in Doha on 00974 4 4227350/51 or their Travel Agent, or to send us a private message here on Facebook to arrange a refund for any unused tickets.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Emirates flight suspension announcement

Emirates has announced the Qatar flights cancellations on its website.

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.
Emirates’ flights to and from Doha today (5 June), will operate as normal. Travellers bound for Doha, who are boarding their flight from airports around the Emirates network today (5 June), will be advised to make alternative arrangements.
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.
For more information, customers can call the Emirates Contact Centre on +971 600 555555, or visit‎ www.emirates.com.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers.

For more information and background on the overall diplomatic row, we recommend you visit CNN and Al-Jazeera.

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