Here is why you can still catch a direct fly from Nairobi to Doha

Despite Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates closing their airspace to Qatar you can still fly to Doha without too much trouble.

On Monday Saudi Arabia led two other Arab nations, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in severing ties with the oil rich but tiny Arab nation over what it termed as ‘supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.

In Africa Egypt also joined the band wagon and cut ties with Qatar as well.

Millions of passengers, Qatari’s, businessmen and women have been left wondering how they will get home after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE all closed their airspace to Qatar.

"Losing Saudi, Bahrain and UAE airspace would effectively ground Qatar Airways," the CAPA Center for Aviation wrote in a report.

This is because Qatar actually has very little airspace relative to the size of the country.

In Kenya businessmen are equally worried how they will travel to and from doha to conduct trade deals

Qatar’s “booming economic growth” powerful by gas and oil has also attracted hundreds of Kenyans who are currently in Qatar working in different sectors with the hotel and restaurant businesses absorbing the most.

On Tuesday Kenya called a crisis meeting to discuss and chat way forward over Qatar tricky diplomatic spat.

Qatar also has a high number of Kenyan professional athletes who have switched nationalities but have families in Kenya and therefore should they want to travel back home it may pose a logistical nightmare.

Kenya airways contact center has advised Kenyans wishing to travel to Qatar to use Qatar Airways to be on the safe side since the airline flies directly from Nairobi to doha compared to Kenya Airways which makes a stopover to Dubai first before connecting to another flight to Qatar.

Tony Njoroge, a travel agent attached with Qatar Airways said the diplomatic crisis has not yet affected Kenyan flights to Qatar and the airline was operating as usual from Nairobi to Doha.

“We are operating as normal and anyone wishing to fly to Qatar can still do so”

During his visit to Nairobi on April, the Emir of Qatar his Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al–Thani’s, signed a number of bilateral trade agreements with Kenya and promised to restore histotic ties with the country.

Qatar Airways later announced it will be launching direct flights from Doha to Mombasa at the beginning of 2018 and it is not yet clear if it flights will go as planned or not.

So far the Airline has not released any information about new routes but Tony advised Kenyans and anyone wishing to fly to Qatar to keep a close eye on the Airline’s website for latest information on the same.


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