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Saudi Arabia revokes license of Qatar Airways, offices to close

A Qatar Airways plane is seen in Doha, Qatar June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has revoked the license of Qatar Airways and ordered its offices to be closed within 48 hours, the regulatory body said in a statement.

Any licenses granted to Qatar Airways employees would also be withdrawn, the statement said.

The move comes a day after GACA banned all Qatari planes from landing in the kingdom’s airports, following the worst rift in years among the Gulf countries.

Qatar Airways had cancelled flights to Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates from Tuesday until further notice, the airline said on its website, a day after it had suspended flights to Saudi Arabia.

The airline said passengers holding a confirmed Qatar Airways ticket to any of the four countries between June 5 and July 6 are permitted to rebook their flights up to 30 days after their current departure date.

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