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Qatar Airways suspends all UAE flights

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Team shortlist06 Jun 2017 AT 09:40 AM
Qatar Airways suspends all UAE flights
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Following news that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, many people took to Twitter to raise concerns about upcoming flights.

Qatar Airways are now directing users to a link that explains that all flights to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have been suspended “until further notice.”

“All customers booked on affected flights will be provided with alternative options, including the option of a full refund on any unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternative Qatar Airways network destination,” the announcement reads. [Details at the bottom of the article]

Qatar Airways is a One World member airline, which includes airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, SriLankan Airlines, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.

One Dubai Twitter user tweeted to inform other Qatar Airways customers about his experience rebooking. “Affected QR pax: I’ve just changed June 18-27 flights to UK through QR call centre in AUH (026210007). Rebooked onto BA at NO CHARGE,” wrote @danielmarcevans.

Yesterday UAE airlines made similar announcements, with Etihad, Emirates and Flydubai releasing statements to say that flights would be suspended from June 6.

A spokesperson for Emirates said: “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[…] 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.”

This comes after the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar.

In a press release on local news agency WAM, the UAE has stated that Qatar has “threatened stability and security in the region, and has manipulated and shirked responsibilities and agreements made with the Gulf states.”

Adding: “Doha’s several policies which destabilizes the security and stability of the region and manipulates commitments”.

As a result, the nation has given Qatar's diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi 48 hours to leave the country.

The UAE has also given all Qatari citizens living or visiting the nation 14 days to leave. Citizens from Qatar have also been banned from “passing through the UAE”.

A statement on WAM's twitter account said: “Emiratis are now banned from visiting or even passing by Qatar at all means”.

Passengers with existing bookings through Qatar Airways should call +974 4023 0072 or contact your nearest Qatar Airways office: https://www.qatarairways.com/en/contact-us.html

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