Qatar Airways complains boycott forced suspension of planned Africa routes

The airline has admitted that the boycott has hit its profits (AFP/File)
Updated 27 February 2019

Qatar Airways complains boycott forced suspension of planned Africa routes

JEDDAH: Qatar Airways has been forced to suspend planned new routes to Africa because of pressure from a boycott over Doha’s links to extremist groups.

The airline said the sanctions by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt meant it “had to suspend some planned new destinations especially in West and Central Africa.”

Since the 2017 boycott, Qatari jets have been banned from the airspace of its three Gulf neighbors, forcing flights to carry out large detours.

The quartet of Arab nations cut transport, trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of hosting and funding terror groups an interfering in their internal affairs.

Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al-Baker, has previously blamed the boycott for his airline’s poor financial performance. In September, the airline said it suffered a $69 million loss for the financial year and said the severing of ties with other Arab countries was behind it falling into the red.


Palestinian Authority reiterates rejection of US peace initiative

Updated 23 min 27 sec ago

Palestinian Authority reiterates rejection of US peace initiative

WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House on Tuesday, the White House said in a statement on Thursday, and a source familiar with the situation said US officials would most likely share some details of US President Donald Trump’s long-secret Middle East proposal.
The White House said Netanyahu’s election rival Benny Gantz had also accepted US President Donald Trump’s invitation for a Washington visit but gave no specific date. The source said Gantz too would most likely hear some of the plan’s details.