Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al-Baker ‘bullying’ Gulf states will hit profits

Vastavam web:  Qatar Airways’ outspoken boss Akbar Al-Baker accused neighboring Gulf states today of “bullying” his country during the region’s political crisis and said his company’s profits would be hit by the dispute.Baker insisted that Qatar could sustain the impact of what he called a blockade imposed on Doha, but conceded that an impact on profits was inevitable for the Gulf carrier.Pressed on how much of an impact there would be, Baker declined to give numbers.
Last month the airline announced profits of USD 540 million for the financial year to March 2017, a 22 per cent increase on the previous 12-month period.But the airline faces a hit after the June 5 decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to impose sanctions on Qatar, over accusations it supports Islamist extremism and was too close to Iran.This means the Doha-based carrier can no longer continue its lucrative services to Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and has to divert some flights on longer routes because of airspace restrictions.”All the people have a normal life, all the supplies are available, actually more than what it was before, so what is the problem?
“We need our neighbours to know that this kind of bullying doesn’t work because the people of Qatar are very robust and we have no issue to have our normal life.He was speaking at a ceremony in Doha to show his company’s support for Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al- Thani. Qatar Airways unveiled the latest in a growing number of huge billboards that have sprung up around Doha depicting a profile of the emir, with the words “Tamim the glory”.