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Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker Rushes Back To Doha

Cancun, Mexico, 07 June, (Asiantribune.com):

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker left Cancun on Monday morning in a private business jet to take charge of the crisis facing his airline and his country.

Akbar Al Baker the CEO of Qatar Airways was in Cancun, Mexico to attend the International Air Transport Association annual conference in Cancun.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker was among those attending the International Air Transport Association annual conference on Monday, in Cancun and he was seen at the opening reception and was also at the IATA Conference opening session on Monday.

He was among those attending the event and he was seen at the opening reception Sunday evening chatting with fellow guests and seemingly not aware of the imminent crisis.

The timing couldn’t have been more bizarre. While airline bosses were arriving in Cancun, Mexico to attend the International Air Transport Association annual conference, news broke from the Gulf Region about UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt teaming up against the State of Qatar to isolate the country and immediately cut all air connectivity, effectively isolating Qatar.

Qatari planes were banned from landing in UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabian and Egyptian airports and banned from crossing their airspace.

To make it worse, Bahrain manages the upper airspace over Qatar. Qatar still has ATC control over its own lower airspace. How this will affect operations of the country’s national carrier is unclear.

Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Saudia, Gulf Air, flydubai and Air Arabia were among the airlines that ceased flights to Qatar.

In the meantime, IATA’s top man Alexandre de Juniac, immediately took a stand and said “Our industry depends on open borders. We would like borders to be reopened, the sooner the better,” His demands were voiced by many in the airline industry, by many airlines and governments.

The situation is ongoing. Qatar Airways is currently rerouting flights to not fly over closed airspace and so far gets the cooperation from Iran.

Since arrival in Doha, so far Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker has been quiet commenting on the biggest crisis his airline and his country has been facing.

Billions are invested, a new airport and in making Qatar Airways a five-star airline connecting the world through Doha.

- Asian Tribune -

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