Business Travel: What The Discord With Qatar Means For Qatar Airways, Emirates & Etihad

Travel News 07 Jun 2017

Starting 6 June 2017, until further notice, Emirates and Etihad were asked to suspend to Qatar by the UAE government. According to the government, alternative route options and refunds would be made available

“All customers booked on Emirates’ flights to and from Doha will be provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and rebooking to alternate Emirates destinations.” 

Also Saudi Arabia's closed its airspace to Qatar Airways planes which is seriously affecting the airline’s connections with Africa. The overnight arrival from Johannesburg, QR1368, was routed via Oman and Iran to avoid Saudi airspace.The fare-comparison website Skyscanner is listing complex and expensive one- and two-stop connections between Doha and Dubai, rather than the usual 70-minute hop.

This means that Qatar Airways will no longer be able to fly to Europe and the U.S. through Saudi and Egyptian airspace, meaning Qatar Airways will need to adjust its business strategy to face the fact that its routes to Europe can no longer fly over Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The airline’s profitability will take a direct hit as new routes through Iran and Turkey will include longer journeys and lower demand.

What this implies for Qatar Airways, is longer, inefficient and expensive trips, while Etihad and Emirates will definitely be the ones to enjoy these new happenings as the incredibly lucrative market of flights connecting Europe and the U.S. to Asia is now up for grabs