Emirates stops flying to Tunisia from today

Trevor Jackson
December 25, 2017

They called on the Tunisian authorities to take diplomatic measures to reverse the UAE decision, which they described as "thoughtless" and against all diplomatic norms and procedures of worldwide transport. In response, Tunisia yesterday suspended Emirates flights between Tunis and Dubai.

Tunisia's transport ministry said in a statement that the Arab carrier would be suspended until it found a way to operate according to global law and treaties.

"The UAE authorities had security information regarding terrorist operations to be carried out by Tunisian women or women carrying Tunisian citizenship".

He also said that the UAE "appreciates and respects Tunisian women", adding that "we should avoid attempts at interpretation and errors".

Emirates Airlines announced on Sunday that it will stop its flights between Tunis and Dubai starting Monday, December 25.

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"Based on the higher travel advisory restriction issued by the United Arab Emirates government, airlines are instructed that all Tunisian female nationals will be denied entry to the UAE by API-UAE", read an internal Emirates Airline email.

According to Tunisia's state-run news agency, Salem Zeabi, the UAE ambassador to Tunisia, was called in to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday to "provide clarification on the measure banning" Tunisian women from flying to or transiting through the Gulf state's territory.

Emirates advised affected passengers to contact their travel agent or booking office for assistance rebooking flights following the ban on December 25.

More than 8000 Tunisians are suspected to have fought with ISIL, hundreds of women among them.

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