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Air India, Jet Airways will operate additional flights to Doha during Eid

Civil aviation minister ensured that all necessary steps for timely movement of citizens were taken

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The has asked and to operate additional temporary flights to Doha to meet the massive demand ahead of Eid, due to a ban on Qatar carriers by some middle-eastern nations.

will operate a 168-seater aircraft on June 22 and June 23 between and Doha.

subsidiary Express will be flying its 186-seater Boeing 737 on Thiruvananthapuram-Doha and Cochin- Doha routes from June 25 to July 8, a senior official of the ministry of civil aviation said.

The move comes after Minister for External Affairs discussed the matter with Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju earlier this week.

"All steps necessary for timely movement of our citizens from Doha will be ensured. @SushmaSwaraj ji and I are in touch on this issue," Raju tweeted.

The UAE, and had banned the use of their airspace for flights to and from Doha earlier this month and later revised the embargo saying it would apply only for Qatar operators.

The restrictions on the use of airspace came while nine countries - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Mauritius, Mauritania, Yemen, Libya's eastern-based and the Maldives -- severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

First Published: Wed, June 21 2017. 17:29 IST