Airlines Enter Diplomatic Feud Between Saudi Arabia and Canada
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.
Diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia and Canada have been worsening recently, after Canada called for the release of several Saudi women’s activists.
Now, the nations’ airlines are being brought into the feud, with Saudi’s state carrier suspending flights to Canada indefinitely.
The conflict intensified when Canada would not retract its statement regarding more than a dozen jailed high-profile women’s rights activists. “Let me be very clear. Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights,” Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said.
After Canada didn’t cave in to diplomatic pressure, Saudia, the state-run flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, announced on Monday night it would be suspending all flights to/from Toronto, Canada (YYZ), beginning August 13.
— SAUDIA | السعودية (@Saudi_Airlines) August 7, 2018
The feud took a bizarre and ominous turn Tuesday morning, when a verified Saudi Twitter account (that creates images for the Kingdom’s propaganda) tweeted a photo of an Air Canada plane seemingly poised to crash into Toronto’s CN Tower. The tweet, sent from the account @Infographic_KSA, also had a threatening message that in part read, “sticking one’s nose where it doesn’t belong!”
The foreboding tweet evoked the terrorist attacks that happened on September 11, 2001. (Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who executed 9/11 were Saudi citizens, although the nation has consistently denied any link to the attacks). It was published in English, French and Arabic, reports Albawaba, and it was deleted later on Tuesday morning.
Before the airlines became involved in the diplomatic feud, the Saudi ambassador to Canada had been recalled by the Kingdom over the weekend and the Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia was given 24 hours to leave the country, The Independent reports. Saudi officials also placed a ban on new trade with Canada.
Additionally, Saudi Arabia is removing its students studying in Canada as part of educational exchanges and will assign them to other countries.
Saudi Arabia recently lifted its long-held ban on women driving, but it simultaneously jailed the high-profile women’s activists.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,600
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
- Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.