Tuesday, June 06, 2017

IATA opposes air travel restrictions imposed on Qatar

Global airlines' body IATA has opposed the restrictions on air travel imposed on Qatar by some Middle Eastern nations, who have cut off diplomatic ties with Doha, saying air connectivity needs to be restored immediately.

"We are not in favour of the ban. We would like connectivity to be restored as soon as possible," International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO and Director General Alexandre de Juniac said in response to questions.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have severed diplomatic ties and cut off transport links with Qatar.

A large number of Indians, who travel to the US or Europe via Doha, would be impacted as the air travel links to Qatar, including overflights, have been severed by these nations.

Releasing the latest data on air traffic, de Juniac and other IATA officials said while the growth in air traffic demand from the Asia-Pacific region including India has been consistent in the past few weeks, its rate has been affected by the US-imposed ban on electronic devices from destinations in the Middle East to North America.
06/06/17 PTI/DNA