June 5, 2017

Etihad and Emirates suspend all flights to Qatar

BREAKING NEWS: Etihad Airways and Emirates will suspend all flights to and from Qatar from tomorrow (6 June, 2017) as the diplomatic fallout between the state of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) escalates.

In an unprecedented move, Saudi Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen today cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. The five states, all US supporters, are accusing Qatar of backing militant groups, including Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda. Qatar has furiously denied the allegations, calling the move "unjustified" with "no basis in fact".

Etihad Airways confirmed on Twitter minutes ago that it would suspend all flights to Qatar: “From 6 Jun, we will suspend all flights to and from Doha until further notice.”

Emirates followed with an official statement. Low-cost carrier flydubai also confirmed it would cease all operations to and from Qatar as of tomorrow.

All Etihad and Emirates flights to and from Doha will operate today as per normal, reports the UAE-based The National.

Etihad operates eight flights a day between Abu Dhabi and Doha. Emirates also operates eight flights a day between Dubai and Doha.
The last Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart at 02h45 on Tuesday 6 June. The last Etihad flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart at 04h00 on Tuesday 6 June.
The last Emirates flight from Dubai to Doha will depart at 02h30 on Tuesday 6 June while the last Emirates flight from Doha to Dubai will depart at 03h50 on Tuesday 6 June
The National reports that “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”.
As the airlines’ call centres brace for a mass influx of calls from passengers who booked online, Sure Travel CEO Vanya Lessing said this would be one of the many times travel agents proved their value to clients.
TRAVEL ALERT: Travellers who booked air travel on an affected flights via a Sure Travel agency, or who are unsure if the suspensions will affect their travel plans, are advised to contact their travel consultant for further information. For bookings made via Sure Travel online, call  0861 47 48 49. 


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