Saudi authorities announced on Tuesday that they have canceled Qatar Airways’ license and decided to close the company’s offices in Saudi Arabia “within 48 hours”, one day after Ryad announced that it had broken its diplomatic ties with Doha.
This measure was taken by the Civil Aviation Authority in Saudi Arabia and made public in a statement.
As a result of this decision, which will have economic consequences for the airline, Qatar Airways employees, often expatriates, will also be removed from their work and residence permits in the Saudi kingdom.
Qatar Airways, which serves nine cities in Arabia, said on Tuesday that it has suspended sine die all its flights to the Saudi kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in the aftermath of the rupture by these four countries of diplomatic relations with Doha, accused of “supporting terrorism”.
The airlines of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have also suspended all flights to and from Qatar “until further notice”.
The breakdown of diplomatic relations was accompanied by economic measures such as the closure of land and sea borders between these countries and Qatar, as well as bans on flights to Qatari airlines or restrictions on the movement of persons.
The rupture of diplomatic ties between the golf countries and Qatar is seen by experts as the most serious diplomatic crisis in the Middle East for years.