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Hamad Airport Traffic Drops As A Result Of Gulf Crisis

The passenger traffic at Hamad International Airport (HIA) has reduced considerably due to the Gulf crisis, the latest government figures revealed.

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) report of August showed that the Traffic dropped 18 percent year-on-year in June. However, it should also be noted that June is usually a dull month for travel in Doha.

These official figures reveal for the first time how hard the Gulf dispute has hit HIA, which had experienced blockbuster growth before the boycott began.

At least half a dozen airlines from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt have stopped their services to Doha, which includes Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai, Saudia, Gulf Air and Air Arabia.

The reports of CAPA (Centre for Aviation) the boycott has led to the cancellation of over 130,000 aircraft seats per week.

The lesser flights will obviously mean fewer visitors to Qatar. According to the MDPS, 18 percent fewer GCC visitors came to Qatar this July (656,681) compared to July 2016 (804,875).

As of now, only nationals of two Gulf nations, Oman and Kuwait are able to fly into Doha without restrictions. The nationals of the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are currently being discouraged from visiting Qatar by their own governments.

Photos: Doha News

However, the positive fact was that there was an increase of visitors from Africa, Asia, the US and Europe.

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