In a developing news story several Arab nations –

first_imgIn a developing news story, several Arab nations – United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen – cut diplomatic ties with Qatar yesterday (Monday 5 June 2017) in protest at what they say is Qatar’s support for radical Islamist ‘terror’ groups. Each has given its citizens 14 days to leave Qatar, and closed air and sea corridors.Etihad Airways and Emirates are the first, of what is anticipated to be several, airlines to announce suspension of all flights to and from Doha, the Qatar capital from today (Tuesday 6 June 2017) until further notice. Qatar Airways has announced this morning that its flights to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have been suspended from today. Click here for details of those flights today that will proceed as scheduled and/or have been unaffected.EgyptAir, Gulf Air and Saudia are also expected to be directly affected.This from the BBC:Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and Dubai’s Emirates are suspending all flights to and from Doha, starting from Tuesday morning. Both carriers operate four daily return flights to Doha.Budget carriers FlyDubai and Air Arabia are also cancelling routes to Doha, with other airlines, including Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Egyptair expected to follow suit.It comes after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt all said they would stop flights in and out of Qatar, and close their airspace to the country’s airline, Qatar Airways.And it is Qatar’s flag carrier that risks being the biggest loser. On one level, its flights to places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Cairo will stop. That is dozens of flights a day.It has already said it is cancelling its services to Saudi. EgyptEmiratesEtihadQatarlast_img