Published on : Thursday, August 9, 2018
Saudi Arabian Airlines is planning to suspend all flights to and from Toronto commencing next week onwards following series of comments made by Chrystia Freeland who is the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister and other government officials.
The Middle Eastern country’s national carrier confirmed it would suspend all flights to and from Canada as of August 13.
At the moment, Saudi Arabia operates two routes out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to the capital city of Riyadh and another to Jeddah. The airline said it would cover cancellation fees, issue refunds and find alternative flights for affected travelers.
The disagreement began earlier this month when Canadian officials questioned decisions pertaining to human rights in Saudi Arabia stemming from the arrests of activists.
The country expelled Canada’s ambassador and recalled its own shortly thereafter.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Foreign Ministry stated that it believes Canada’s position is based on “misleading information.”
The statement also read that the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed disbelief by this negative unfounded comment, which was not based in any accurate or true information.
In addition to flights, the Saudi government is weighing canceling thousands of scholarships for students studying in Canada.