‘Misled’ individuals behind boycott calls, not worried about it, says Qatar Airways CEO

The requires boycotting Qatar Airways in India have been made by “misled” individuals and do not fear the airline, chief govt officer Akbar Al Baker instructed The Hindu on Monday.

When requested if he was involved about the such calls, the Qatar Airways CEO replied with an emphatic “no”.

“It is being executed by a couple of misled individuals and I do not need to touch upon that. Everybody is free to say no matter they need towards anyone,” he instructed The Hindu on the sidelines of International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s Annual General Meeting in Doha.

Earlier this month, a number of Islamic nations together with Qatar, Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia registered their protest towards offensive remarks made by BJP chief Nupur Sharma towards Prophet Muhammed. As a grocery store in Kuwait eliminated Indian merchandise from its cabinets, some in India known as for boycotting Qatar Airways.

But these calls had no actual impression on the airline’s passenger demand “as a result of educated individuals know that what went round was simply nonsense,” the CEO stated.

The latest developments have not dented Mr. Al Baker’s curiosity in shopping for stakes in India’s largest home airline, IndiGo. However, he’ll not benefit from the bitter feud between the 2 promoters of the airline, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia. The former is exiting the airline and can offload 36.6% of his stake in IndiGo within the subsequent 5 years. A contentious clause that allowed the 2 promoters to have the primary proper of refusal throughout a stake sale by certainly one of them was eliminated final 12 months making the method easier.

“We will solely purchase one thing from Rahul [Bhatia], not from another person,” he stated about his long-time good friend.

(Writer is touring to Doha on an invite from IATA)

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