Qatar Airways CEO warns of lasting wound

LE BOURGET: Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker speaks in front of a Qatar Airways Boeing 777, as part of the presentation for the new Qsuite business class seating yesterday at Le Bourget airport, near Paris, on the opening day of the International Paris Air Show. — AFP

PARIS: The CEO of Qatar Airways says the blockade imposed on his country by Gulf neighbors “will leave a lasting wound.” Speaking yesterday at the Paris Air Show, Akbar Al Baker said: “People will not forget.”Al Baker said he expects US President Donald Trump will intervene “to make sure that this blockade is lifted soonest…especially since he knows that we are part of his alliance against terrorism.” He called the blockade illegal and said customers are returning to Qatar Airways and again using Qatar as an aviation hub after an initial hit to business. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar this month and blocked air, sea and land traffic with Qatar over its support for Islamist groups and ties with Iran. — AP

This article was published on 19/06/2017