Dubai: Emirates, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia and flydubai said on Monday they will suspend all flights to and from Doha starting June 6 and until further notice after the UAE announced it is severing diplomatic ties with Qatar.
In a statement on its website, Etihad said the last flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart at 2.45am on June 6, and the last flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart at 4 am (local time) on June 6.
Etihad said it is providing all customers who booked flights to and from Doha with “alternative options including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Etihad Airways destinations.”
Similarly, fly Dubai said it is suspending all flights between Dubai and Doha. In a statement, the carrier urged passengers who have purchased tickets to fly between Dubai and Doha to “contact their travel agent, the fly Dubai travel shop in Doha.
“Emirates’ flights to and from Doha today (June 5) will operate as normal. Travellers bound for Doha who are boarding their flight from airports around the Emirates network today will be advised to make alternative arrangements,” an Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News.
Meanwhile, Air Arabia, which is suspending flights between Sharjah and Doha, said passengers with existing reservations on the carrier’s flights to Doha beyond June 5 will be provided with the option of a full refund or to be booked onto other destinations across its network.
The suspension comes after the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt said they are cutting ties with Qatar amid escalating tensions over accusations that Doha sponsors terrorism.
The UAE has given Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. State news agency WAM said Abu Dhabi accused Doha of “supporting, funding, and embracing terrorism, extremism, and sectarian organisations.”
Qatar Airways responded by suspending all flights to Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported. GULF NEWS