How Qatar crisis affect Travel Industry

by chesta9. June 2017 15:17

 

 

Amid the biggest diplomatic crisis in the Gulf after four Arab nations cut ties with Qatar – accusing it of destabilising the region with its support for Islamist groups, its state-owned flag carrier (Qatar Airways) has begun diverting its flights to Europe, North America and North Africa via Iran instead of Saudi Arabia, flight monitoring services said on Tuesday.

 


 

An image by flight tracking group Flightradar24 showing the reroutes that Qatar Airways flights will have to take because of the blockade.
 

 

Qatar Airways has offered all its customers an alternative route or refunds on their flights. Analysts said the altered routes for Qatar Airways flights will lead to longer flying time.

The cutting of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on one side and Qatar on the other has resulted in the closure of the airspace of these countries to Qatari flights.

The flight suspensions will immediately impact passengers on busy air routes between the Qatari capital, Doha, and other Middle Eastern cities, such as Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. 

FOOD, FUEL & FLIGHTS:

 

   •     FOOD : Qatar might have natural gas or oil, but it doesn't really produce its own food, almost all of it comes from Saudi Arabia. Now that the borders have been shut, food prices in Qatar could skyrocket.

 

   •     FUEL : Qatar’s stock prices have already been hit, but oil is going up. Benchmark crude is already trading at around $50 a barrel. Any kind of instability in the Middle East tends to affect the oil prices, and the longer they stay unresolved the longer you pay more to fill up your tanks in the morning.

 

 

   •     FLIGHTS : Qatar Airways is one of the biggest airlines in the world which is no longer allowed to use the Saudi, Bahraini, Egyptian or Emirati airspace, which means flights to Africa or even North America would have to take a huge detour resulting in more fuel, more time in the air and some say higher ticket prices.

         

           Although flights between Chennai or other Indian cities and Qatar have not been suspended, people who land in Doha may face trouble because the country has stopped exchanging dollars for Qatari riyal.

 

     People who had booked tickets to return to India from other countries in the Middle East on Qatar Airways or on flights that come via Doha will get affected. Those who have booked via Doha to travel onwards from Chennai may not be affected now as flights are being operated. However, if the crisis continues it will lead to a dip in travellers via Doha to the US and Europe

 

 

 

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that India is constantly monitoring the situation in Qatar which is facing crisis after isolation by four Gulf countries. The minister’s statement came in reply to a user who tweeted that her brother and other Indians were still stuck in Qatar and they need help from the government to bring them back.

 

The person had tweeted, “@SushmaSwaraj My brother wid other Indians stuck in Qatar wid storage of basic enmities, they need our govt help. Plz hlp to bring dem back”, to which Swaraj replied, “This is just not correct. We are constantly monitoring the situation in Qatar”.

 

 

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Celebrate Sweden National Day June 6th

by Administrator5. June 2017 12:24

 

Swedes celebrate their National Day on 6 June in honour of two historical events. On 6 June 1523, Gustav Vasa was elected king, and on the same date in 1809, the country adopted a new constitution. Not known for displaying their national pride, this day offers a rare chance to see Swedes waving the flag.

 

National Day Celebrations

Humlegården

Time: 6 June 12.00-16.00
Location: Humlegården, parkleken

More details here

 

Rålambshovsparken

Time: 6 June 12.00-18.00
Location: Rålambshovsparken

More details here

 

Farsta

Time: 6 June 11.30-15.00
Location: Farsta Centrum, Farsta gård

More details here

 

Skärholmen

Time: 6 June 11.00-16.00
Location: Skärholmens Gård

More details here

 

Vällingby

Time: 6 June 12.00-15.00
Location: Solursparken

More details here 

 

National Day Gallop

Time: 6 June 12.30-16.30
Location: Gärdet

 

 

 

Traditional horse race on the classical land of Gärdet, Djurgården. The event also includes a lot of family activities.

 More details here 

 

Skansken

Time: 6 June 10.00-19.30
Location: Skansken

 

The tradition of celebrating a National Day in Sweden was born at Skansen.

Artur Hazelius, the founder of Skansen, wanted to establish an annual day that would be a patriotic focus for the nation and he chose the sixth of June. This was the day on which, in 1523, Gustav Vasa had been proclaimed king and it was also the day on which the current constitution had been agreed in 1809.

 

Sweden's National Day has been celebrated at Skansen every year since 1893. For many years the celebration was known as National Flag Day but the day has now been marked by a public holiday.

This will be celebrated in traditional fashion: members of the royal family join a procession to Skansen where there are speeches, flag ceremony, singing, brass bands, folk music, etc., broadcast live by Swedish Television.

The programme on Solliden stage is broadcasted live in the Swedish public service channel SVT.

 

More details here

 

Sundbyberg

Time: 6 June 12.00-19.00
Location: Golfängarna, Sundbyberg

More details here

 

Umeå

Time: 6 June 12.00-14.00
Location: Gammila

More details here

 

Örebro

Time: 6 June 12.00-13.30
Location: Wadköping

More details here

 

 

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