By Barbara Cockburn
The region’s airlines were brought together by the crisis in Lebanon, which began last month, to fly nationals back home to the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and other Middle East countries.
Evacuees were airlifted from the Syrian capital, Damascus due to the indefinite closure of Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport.
Emirates Airline operated flights to airlift over 5000 people out of Damascus, following Syrian authorities granting permission.
Flag carrier Oman Air and Bahrain’s Gulf Air brought back Omani citizens to the Sultanate, with both airlines accepting each other’s tickets.
National airline, Qatar Airways, evacuated its nationals and other residents out of the danger zone and operated additional flights between Doha and Damascus.
Jazeera Airways suspended flights to and from Beirut and flew evacuees to Kuwait at no extra cost whether they were Jazeera Airways passengers or had tickets with other airlines.
The airline offered to compensate all Beirut travellers in full and offered them a discount of 10% off their next booking.