In the latest standoff between Qataris and their national carrier, members of the Central Municipal Council have expressed displeasure about Qatar Airways‘ refusal to offer special discounts to certain locals.
People with special needs, including widows and the disabled, as well as Qatari students studying abroad should pay half price when flying QA, CMC member Mohammad Salih Al Khayarin said.
But in a letter responding to the CMC’s demand, CEO Akbar Al Baker said that the airline could not consider the request as no airline in the region offers discounts to students studying abroad.
The Peninsula reports:
Al Khayarin said that the justification given was not valid.
“We do not care about other airlines in the region. We are asking the national carrier to provide such privileges to citizens,” Al Khayarin said.
This is not the first time in recent months that Qatar Airways has felt the wrath of the country’s natives.
In January, Qataris launched an unsuccessful boycott campaign against the airline, citing high ticket prices, the availability of alcohol onboard and an underemployment of nationals as major grievances.
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