I wasn’t offended, I was just making that point.
Back to the topic itself.
This whole situation is due to the fact that Saudi are blaming Qatar for helping IS. Even though Saudi do it themselves. They are the ones who called for this to happen in other countries as well, because they have so much power. They also supply Qatar with a lot, for example 40% of Qatari food imports are from Saudi. As of today, the border has been closed, meaning Qatari trucks at stuck at the Saudi border trying to get back in. They are doing this supposidely to cut off IS, probably because the UK asked them to do something about IS, because the UK has had 3 recent terror attacks and Saudi and UK are good friends who controversially trade weapons.
Qataris are currently very disadvantaged, all embassy diplomats are being sent back to Qatar immediately and Qataris living in UAE, Saudi etc have been asked to leave in the next 14 days.
I suppose Qatar could play the dirty game if they wanted, and shut off their airspace. But then Saudi would drag Iran in and cut off their airspace to Qatar flights, so Qatar would have no air services. It’s a very dangerous game. At the moment, I’m looking at FR24 and I still see EY and EK jets nearby or over Qatar.
Qatar Airways themselves have not really responded, other then cutting Saudi flights and hinting at cutting flights to these other nations. They have to fix this problem, because it destroys trade links and has a very negative effect on the majority of Qataris. We’ll see how this plays out over the next few days, but share price has hit the floor in Qatar and I don’t see all powerful Saudi as being very lenient.
As @Kizzyjet has since said, EK and EY could just go around Qatar, but this would increase flight times and be a bit inconvenient