Qatar travelers have been heavily discomforted due to the decision by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain to suspend all flights to Doha.
With the academic year coming to an end and Eid Al Fitr around the corner this is the peak time for travel this summer. Already many expats and nationals have had their flights canceled causing inconveniences.
This is because Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Egyptair, Air Arabia, Saudia and Fly Dubai have ceased operations to and from Hamad International Airport for temporarily until further notice.
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways has been forced to cancel flights to these countries.
Which means residents hoping to fly with the national carrier to these places need to make other plans.
This is how you get your refund
Since all of the airlines that have suspended flights, they are instead offering passengers a refund or the opportunity to re-route.
Some customers want to wait and see whether the diplomatic situation eases in the coming days while many have decided to cash in their tickets.
Others said they would prefer to book with Qatar Airways instead, as direct flights out of Doha to non-boycott destinations are still operating normally.
Here are the details of airlines and how to contact them for a refund:
Emirates: Customers who booked their tickets through a travel agency should contact their agents. Customers who booked with Emirates directly can process refunds for their tickets at www.emirates.com/refund or contact their local Emirates office.
Etihad: Customers are being asked to call +971 2599 0000, or visit etihad.com to request a refund.
Air Arabia: Customers can call Air Arabia’s call center on +971 6 5580000 or visit www.airarabia.com
Saudia: Passengers should call 44440121. The airline says that it has waived all ticket restrictions (Rebooking / Rerouting / Refund and No-show ) for affected passengers holding confirmed tickets via Doha.
Fly Dubai: Passengers who have purchased tickets for travel between Dubai and Doha are advised to call +971 600 54 44 45, the flydubai travel shop in Doha on +974 4 4227350/51 or their travel agent. Passengers can also send a private message on Facebook to arrange a refund for any unused tickets.
Egyptair: Customers who booked through a travel agency should contact their agents. Customers who booked with the airline directly can process refunds for their tickets by contacting the Doha office (+974 44356020 / 44356040.
Gulf Air: Passengers should contact the Gulf Air Worldwide Contact Centre on +973 17373737 or visit the airline’s website gulfair.com for further information.
The airline says it’s offering “alternative options, including full refunds on unused tickets and free re-booking to the nearest alternate Gulf Air destinations.
But, we have come to know that some passengers are being charged a US$50 cancellation fee.
Qatar Airways : Customers who booked with Qatar Airways to any of the affected countries are eligible for a refund. Passengers can call 4022 0072 or contact their nearest Qatar Airways office for more info.