Not long ago, I posted about Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt And The UAE Cutting Ties With Qatar. At the time, there was no solid information from any of the airlines operating from those countries, however, Etihad has just made an announcement regarding their services to Doha. I imagine Gulf Air, Egypt Air, Emirates, Flydubai, Saudia and other carriers will be making an official announcement soon. I’ll update the post with theirs shortly, also keep an eye on Twitter.

Here’s what Etihad has just released:

From the morning of 6 June 2017, Etihad Airways will suspend all flights to and from Doha until further notice.

The last flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will depart as EY399 at 02:45 (local time) on 6 June.

The last flight from Doha to Abu Dhabi will depart as EY390 at 04:00 (local time) on 6 June.

Flights on 5 June will operate as normal.

All customers who are booked on Etihad Airways flights to and from Doha are being provided with alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free rebooking to the nearest alternate Etihad Airways destinations. Detailed information is available by calling the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 (0) 2599 0000, or by visiting‎ etihad.com[Missing text /global/info_messages/new_window_text for en].

Any further changes to the status of flight schedules to Doha will be communicated through the appropriate channels.

Etihad Airways regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of the suspension.

Etihad A320 Business Class

If you happen to have a flight to Doha in the next few days I’d recommend cancelling sooner rather than later as the phone lines will be very busy. If you’ve got a flight in the coming weeks, I’d wait until the lines settle down a little.

Remember, the staff of the airlines are not at fault. This is a frustrating time for everyone involved but there’s no need to get angry and aggressive with members of the airline as they cannot do much about the decision.