This would easily pass for causing financial loss to the State—but in Qatar, the state is owned by the royal family who cannot be indicted for anything like this.
It’s still interesting for 9 planes to fly into Switzerland simply because the former ruler of Qatar- Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani broke his leg.
According to reports, Swiss aviation officials allowed several emergency landings over the Christmas holidays, permitting a fleet of 9 planes to land at Zurich-Kloten airport—one of which carried on board Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the 63 year old former ruler.
The Guardian says “Unidentified individuals travelling in as many as nine planes belonging to Qatar’s royal family made an emergency trip to Switzerland over the weekend for medical reasons, according to a Swiss official.
A spokesman for Switzerland’s federal office of civil aviation confirmed local media reports that multiple aircraft made unscheduled landings at the Zurich-Kloten airport overnight from 25 to 26 December and that the planes were part of the Qatari royal fleet.”
Imagine how much these flights and landings would cost—but Qatar has ‘countless’ oil cash, so money wouldn’t be a problem.
All these planes flew into Switzerland because while on a family holidays in Morocco, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani reportedly broke his leg, therefore needed a surgery.
It’s ridiculous that a leg fracture would demand 9 planes to be flown into Switzerland, but this seems reasonable to the rich royal family.
According to Zurich’s Tages Anzeiger newspaper, the first Qatari plane, an Airbus, landed in Zurich from Marrakesh shortly after midnight on 26 December.
A second flight then followed and landed at Zurich-Kloten at 5am (0400 GMT) on 26 December, with a third plane coming 15 minutes later.
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Tages Anzeiger reported that, “the medical emergency in question was so significant that six more planes linked to the Qatari royal family and government landed in Zurich through the weekend.”
And the emergency was the fractured leg of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani…
The Qatari government’s communications office has confirmed this, saying on Tuesday that Sheihk Hamad suffered “a broken leg while on holiday” and he was flown to Zurich on Saturday to receive treatment.
The office added that the 63-year-old sheikh underwent a successful operation and was in Zurich “recovering and undergoing physiotherapy.”