Saudi Arabia and Iran suspend flights amid tension
All scheduled airline services between Saudi Arabia and Iran have been suspended amid the cessation of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia and Iran cut ties last week after Riyadh executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and other prominent Shi'ite clerics on January 2nd. Bahrain has also now suspended flights to Iran.
Saudia and Gulf Air have halted directed flights between the two countries, along with Iran Air and Mahan Air.
Flights between the two countries are still possible aboard other Middle Eastern carriers via their regional hubs.
The countries involved have also broken off trade ties.
Saudia operated passenger flights between Dammam in Saudi Arabia, to Mashhad, Iran, before the ban. Iran Air and Mahan Air flew from their home country to Dammam, Jeddah and Madinah.
Gulf Air also operated flights to Tehran and Shiraz in Iran, but Saudia and Gulf Air no longer have Iran flights on their rosters.