February 24 2018 01:19 p
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said his country's aviation sector suffered a major setback and suffered heavy losses because of the boycott imposed by the Arab quartet on Qatar because of its support for terrorism and its financing and damage to Arab interests.
He added that the decision to boycott his company's heavy losses, because of the shift of aircraft wide body rather than small aircraft.
In an interview with Air Transport World, he said the airline had to do so to provide a longer flight range, with flight time being extended due to changing air routes.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a political and economic boycott on Doha since June last year because of their support for terrorist groups.