Qatar Airways scraps Saudi subsidiary Al Maha

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After years of delays, Qatar’s national carrier has given up on plans to launch Al Maha airline in Saudi Arabia, its chief officer has confirmed.

In an interview with Arabian Aerospace this month, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said that he was “disappointed that we were not able to launch that airline.”

The comment was the first public confirmation that the project has been dropped.

Five years ago, Qatar Airways and GCC rival Gulf Air were awarded the right to operate new airlines within Saudi Arabia. The goal was to help meet rising domestic demand there.

But while SaudiGulf – Gulf Air’s off-shoot – was granted a license to operate in the kingdom last summer, no license for Al Maha was ever awarded.

Source: Doha News

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