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Etihad and Emirates suspend flights to and from Qatar
Posted on 06/06/2017

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Both Etihad Airways and Emirates are set to suspend flights to and from Qatar with the move expected to last until further notice.

Ongoing political disputes

Ongoing political disputes
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Carriers Etihad and Emirates are suspending flights to and from Qatar. This measure will be implemented until further notice.

The announcement follows ongoing diplomatic disputes in the region, with United Arab Emirates' cutting of ties with Qatar. The government of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain have declared suspension of both sea and air travel to and from the nation.

The country has been accused of 'supporting terror'. Saudi Arabia has shut land crossings with its neighbor, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

AirArabia, Saudi Arabian Airlines and flydubai, have also suspended flights flying to and from Qatar. Etihad offers four return flights a day between Abu Dhabi and Doha, whilst Emirates operates seven return flights a day between Dubai and Doha. Flydubai lays on up to six return flights a day between the two cities.

The last Dubai-Doha flight took off at 2.30am last night, while the last Doha-Dubai flight left at 3.30am. Etihad said: "From the morning of 6 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 EY399 at 02:45 (local time) on 6 June. The last flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart as EY390 at 04:00 (local time) on 6 June.

"Flights on 5 June will operate as normal."

Both carriers Etihad and Emirates have said that customers seen affected by the service changes will be offered full refunds. On top of this, they will be allowed to re-book for free to an alternative destination of their choice in the vicinity.

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