Saudi Arabian Airlines and Emirates suspend flights to Pakistan

Flights were suspended after Pakistan closed its airspace due to a military escalation with India. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 27 February 2019

Saudi Arabian Airlines and Emirates suspend flights to Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, on Wednesday suspended all flights to Pakistan in response to increased military tensions between India and its neighbor over Kashmir.

“It is a standard procedure that we take under such circumstances,” said Fahad Bahdailah, Saudia’s VP of corporate communications. 

Pakistani airspace has officially been closed for commercial flights, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Wednesday, due to the prevailing security situation with India.

In Dubai, Emirates airline advised passengers due to fly to Pakistan to rebook tickets after the carrier’s flights there were also suspended.
The decision came after Pakistan said it had shot down two Indian Air Force planes in its airspace Wednesday.

At least five Indian airports were also closed and scores of flights were being canceled.
 


France looking at options to support Lebanon, including an IMF program — Le Maire

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France looking at options to support Lebanon, including an IMF program — Le Maire

ABU DHABI: France is looking at options to support Lebanon recover from its financial crisis, including through an International Monetary Fund program if Beirut seeks one, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday in Abu Dhabi.
He also told reporters he discussed the situation in Lebanon with the United Arab Emirates leadership.