Passing through Doha’s Hamad International Airport, Global Atlanta Publisher Phil Bolton found it humming with activity despite the diplomatic crisis isolating the small Persian Gulf country from its neighbors.
Mr. Bolton was headed to India, a popular destination for travelers on Qatar Airways, which launched its flights from Atlanta just over a year ago promising better connectivity to the subcontinent and beyond.
The airline has been the subject of a boycott by some human rights groups and has been targeted by hometown airline Delta Air Lines for what it calls unfair competition by Qatar via government subsidies.
Either way, the conflict hasn’t dampened the airline’s reputation for service once inside the plane — or the airport that was completely designed and run by the airline. Qatar was named SkyTrax’s best airline of the year for 2017, and the airport has won accolades for comfort and design.
Ever focused on the news, Mr. Bolton couldn’t help but see broadcasts of Qatar-based Al Jazeera, which Saudi Arabia has demanded the country shut down as part of a list of 13 demands to resolve the standoff among Gulf Cooperation Council members.