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Qatar Airways sticks to fleet, route growth despite rift with neighbours

Qatar is talking with the United Nations' aviation agency, ICAO, about the airspace rights' dispute

Reuters  |  Paris 

A boycott by four Arab nations will not halt Qatar Airways' growth or plans to accept delivery of new aircraft, it said on Monday, adding it was seeing demand return after an initial downturn. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5 in the worst diplomatic crisis in the region in years. The crisis has seen those countries close their airspace to Qatar Airways, forcing it to fly longer routes and thereby adding costs. "There has been monetary impact," Chief Executive Akbar al Baker said in an interview onboard one ...

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 18:33 IST