We fly to Australia soon for a well deserved holiday and my wife and I are getting excited. It’s a long journey from Cyprus to Australia, but we’re happy enough doing it and there’s plenty to do. What we may have a problem with is changing planes in Doha, Qatar, especially since the countries surrounding Qatar have given the little country the cold shoulder.
So, instead of flying into Doha on the normal route which would be something like Cyprus, Israeli airspace and then Saudi airspace and into Qatar, we can expect an extra hour on-board and probably go via southern Turkey. So it will be east across southern Turkey, then up to the Turkey-Iran border and then south-east through the mounts in western Iran followed by a right turn over the Persian Gulf and into Qatar.
So long as their are no trigger happy soldiers or whatever in such a volatile region, it could be a pleasant trip. Naturally it’s at night so we won’t actually see anything anyway. Time to have a meal and a glass of wine and watch a film or two. Not sure I’ll get any sleep, I’m terrible for sleeping when I travel, especially on an aircraft. What I am looking forward to is sunrise over the Pacific, but that’s on the second leg of our journey.
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