Qatar Airways hit hard by tough Gulf sanctions

The Qatar Airways office is seen in Doha, Qatar June 5, 2017. (Reuters)

The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will hold a special session next week about Qatar's request to reopen the closed Gulf air space to its flights amid the Arab diplomatic crisis, Qatar's Transport Minister Jassim al-Sulaiti said.

Qatar’s insistence on its policies will cause it to lose 30 percent of its carrier's income, forcing it to resort to other expensive airlines. Passengers flying long distances and who are heavily dependent on its operations will be affected likewise.

The minister told Reuters that Doha is pressing for more routes to Qatar and is requesting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to open international air routes over the waters of the Gulf, which is currently run by the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE is one of the countries that closed its airspace to Qatar along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, forcing Qatar Airways to use longer and higher cost routes.


(With Reuters)


Last Update: Saturday, 24 June 2017 KSA 09:26 - GMT 06:26

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