By Sarah Townsend
Qatar Airways announced the suspension of flights to Saudi Arabia
Gulf carriers are suspending flights to Qatar for an indefinite period from Tuesday morning following the cut in GCC diplomatic ties.
Etihad Airways, Emirates, flydubai and Gulf Air were among the airlines that issued statements announcing the suspension of flights to Doha’s Hamad International Airport, and most said they would issue refunds for affected passengers.
The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its relationship with Iran and support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
An Emirates spokesperson said in a statement: “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.
“The last flight from Dubai to Doha will depart as EK847 at 02:30am on 6 June. The last flight from Doha to Dubai will depart as EK848 at 03:50am on 6 June.
“Emirates’ flights to and from Doha today (5 June), will operate as normal. Travellers bound for Doha, who are boarding their flight from airports around the Emirates network today (5 June), will be advised to make alternative arrangements.
“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.
“For more information, customers can call the Emirates Contact Centre on 600 555555, or visit www.emirates.com.”
The statement added: “We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our customers.”
It was not possible to book future flights from Dubai to Qatar via Emirates’ website on Monday – a message appeared citing technical issues.
A flydubai spokesperson said: “From Tuesday 06 June 2017 all flydubai flights between Dubai and Doha will be suspended.
“Passengers who have purchased tickets for travel between Dubai and Doha are advised to contact their Travel Agent, the flydubai travel shop in Doha on 00974 4 4227350/51 or our Contact Centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 54 44 45 to arrange a refund.”
A spokesperson for Sharjah-based Air Arabia also confirmed that flights between the UAE and Qatar would be suspended effective June 6 2017, until further notice.
The spokesperson said in a statement: “Air Arabia passengers who hold existing reservations on Air Arabia flights to Doha beyond the 5 of June will be provided with the option of a full refund, or to be rebooked onto other destinations across Air Arabia’s network.
“The last outbound flight from Sharjah to Doha (G9134) will depart today, June 5 at 18:30 (local time), while the last inbound flight from Doha to Sharjah (G9135) will depart today, June 5 at 19:25 (local time). Air Arabia flights between Ras Al Khaimah and Doha will also be suspended starting June 6, 2017. The remaining flights on the 5 of June will operate as normal.
“Air Arabia regrets any inconvenience caused by the suspension. For further information and immediate assistance, customers can call Air Arabia’s call center on +971 6 5580000 or visit www.airarabia.com.”
Bahrain’s Gulf Air also confirmed that it will be suspending flights to Qatar from 23:59, June 5 – local Bahrain
last Gulf Air flight from Bahrain to Doha (GF530) will depart at 20:55 on 5
June and the
last Gulf Air flight from Doha to Bahrain (GF531) will depart at 22:40 on 5
June (all times local).
A spokesperson said a dedicated customer services team from the
Gulf Air 24-hour Worldwide Contact Centre - +973 17373737 - has been set up and is contacting
affected passengers to offer alternative options, including full refunds on
unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Gulf Air
The move by Gulf carriers follows on Etihad Airways' decision earlier this morning to suspend its Doha flights.
Oman Air, which typically prefers diplomatic neutrality, said it would continue to operate flights to Doha as normal.