Qatar Airways pays the price for suspected terrorism


A person walks near one of the two Airbus A350-900 aircrafts for the Qatar Airways company on December 22, 2014 at the Airbus Group center in Toulouse, southern France.

JOHANNESBURG - Qatar Airways has warned its shareholders that it will report a loss in earnings at the end of the month.

The airline says this is due to a regional political dispute that has led to it being slapped with restrictions.

Qatar Airways lost access to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain in June, when those four countries cut ties with Qatar after accusing it of supporting terrorism.

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The restrictions, which include a ban on using airspace over the four countries, have put financial strain on the airline.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker said the results will not be good due to the extra flying time, the increase in operational costs, and increased use of airplanes.

"We will post a loss for our year ending 31 March."