It has been a tumultuous year in the Middle East. The major shock that has affected the airline industry, stemming from a wider political problem, has been the ongoing blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. The cutting of air links has affected all the national airlines concerned. Bahrain’s Gulf Air, for example, has lost its extremely short, but lucrative, hop to Doha, while Egyptair’s chairman and CEO Safwat Musallam lamented at Arab Air Carriers ...

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