An Emirati family in Europe for a vacation refused to board the Qatar Airways flight as they did not want to support the Qatari business. Eissa Al Baloushi’s family from Sharjah were supposed to board a flight from Norway, but they refused to do so.
The family then travelled in a British Airways flight to London. Eissa’s wife Ebtisam said that they travalled to Oslo from Dubai on August 10 for their summer vacation and decided to spend the remaining part of it in London.
But, when they completed all the formalities after reaching the airport on their travel date, they realised that they had to travel in a Qatar Airways flight.
“We were all shocked and all my family — husband, two sons, two daughters and my little nephew — refused to board the Qatar Airways flight. We contacted the UAE embassy in Oslo, which responded despite Sunday being their day off, and immediately booked us on to another flight for London,” Ebtisam said.
She added that although the original British Airways flight they booked was supposed to take off at 11am Oslo time, their new rebooked one would only leave at 6pm, meaning a seven-hour long layover at the airport. “But we preferred to stay and wait in the airport than taking a flight that belongs to Qatar.”
“We will never support their businesses by buying flight tickets and we hope all our compatriots currently in Europe take the same steps to support the UAE.”
Ebtisam thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UAE embassy in Oslo for their prompt response, and the support and care provided to them while at the airport. “They kept calling us every hour to check if we needed anything and make sure that we were doing fine,” she said.