Skip to content

UAE Airspace Restriction Now Applies to Non-Qatar Airways Planes as Well

June 09, 2017
2 min read
UAE Airspace Restriction Now Applies to Non-Qatar Airways Planes as Well
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Sign up for our daily newsletter

This week started off on an alarming note as several Middle Eastern countries cut diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar. An immediate impact of the move? All Qatar Airways flights were suspended from flying into or over any of the countries involved — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Since the original announcement, the UAE tightened the restrictions a bit more by threatening any Qatari sympathizers with jail time and a hefty fine. Now, the UAE is tightening those restrictions even further by banning all flights — regardless of carrier — from flying over its airspace if the aircraft is flying to or from Doha.

As of this writing, the UAE is the only country implementing such a hard policy on all flights operating through Doha. A number of flights within the region will be impacted because of this move. As One Mile at a Time points out, Oman Air's flight from Muscat (MCT) to Doha (DOH) used to be able to fly over UAE airspace.

Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 9.15.01 AM

Now, the carrier is forced to go around the country's borders to avoid its airspace.

Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 9.16.01 AM

Overall, this news is sure to make an impact on flights in the region. It'll be interesting to see how airlines respond and if the UAE continues to expand these restrictions any further, or if any other countries follow suit.

Featured image by UIG via Getty Images

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers