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Emirates gets slap on wrist for fares sale in Qatar

Dubai’s flag carrier told to pull ticket promotion after failing to get government approval

Emirates gets slap on wrist for fares sale in Qatar
Emirates is the world’s No.1 airline on international routes

Dubai’s Emirates Airline has been forced to scrap its new year ticket sale in Qatar after failing to secure pre-approval for the promotion from the Gulf emirate’s government.

The world’s biggest international airline had slashed fares to more than 100 cities by up to 25 percent for bookings up to Jan 9, but failed to clear the deal with Qatar’s aviation authority.

In a statement to Arabian Business, the state-backed airline said it had pulled the sale within Qatar after the emirate’s aviation authority intervened.

Emirates received a notification from the local Qatari Civil Aviation Authority… to stop the sale with immediate effect,” said Ahmed Khoory, senior vice president for commercial operations for the Gulf, Middle East and Iran. “Emirates… has subsequently stopped the offer within Qatar.”

Qatar media reported on Monday that the QCAA could face legal action over its move to block the cut-price sales, it if could be proved the decision had hurt the interests of citizens.

"Qatar's constitution guarantees the freedom to do business legally and based on social justice," Yusuf Al Zaman Raya, a lawyer and former head of the Court of Appeal, told Al Raya.

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Frequent flyer 7 years ago

QR feeling the heat???...... Bless!

Lionheart 7 years ago

The Worlds 5 Star Airline doesn't like any competition , it really hurt them when they had come down the order to compete with Fly Dubai coming out of Doha .
600 QAR v 2000 QAR return . They will not play ball again , shocking !

Frustrated with QA 7 years ago

Qatar Airways (QA) needs competition!

QA is consistently 25-50% more than other airlines flying to the same destinations.

QA advertises reasonable fares, but when they add the taxes, their fares always are the most expensive.

Example: Doha to Bangkok return
QA Taxes and Fees: $268.40 USD
Emirates Taxes and Fees: $37.60 USD
How can QA justify taxes and fees of $268.40? 7 times more than Emirates???

Myself and many others are done flying with QA and their high prices!

Peter 7 years ago

You're right ... I've gone from being a Gold member on QA FFP to a Burgundy member this year as I've switched all my flights out of Doha onto other airlines. I'm sure customers don't like being fooled by QA's high taxes and fees ... which bite especially hard for QA airmiles redemption tickets ... in your example, $268 on QA vs $38 on EK. Maybe that's the goal. The other annoyance is when QA advertise low fares .... low only until the taxes are added back on. It's all a farce!