The Supreme Committee on COVID-19 in Oman said that commercial international flights can resume from October 1, provided the flights are scheduled according to the health data of destinations and therefore the place of origin of airlines coming into Oman.
The flag-carrier, Oman Air has said it’s preparing to resume its scheduled operations from the start of October, amid precautionary measures that the corporate is committed to. “The national carrier has set up a progressive decide to restart employment to several points around the world.”
Scheduled flight operations were suspended from March 29, albeit both national and foreign airlines were allowed to operate for the repatriation of expatriates from Oman and citizens and residents into Oman.
“Our planes, people, and Oman’s airports are ready. we’ll provide safe, careful service to our guests, along with all travel-related information and requirements,” Oman Air said in a statement.
“Flights will be scheduled according to health data for specific destinations and according to bilateral agreements with other airlines,” It added
#OmanAir is pleased to announce that scheduled international service will return on 1 October. We will continue to work closely with authorities and experts to ensure your safety and well-being at every stage of your journey. We look forward to welcoming you on board. pic.twitter.com/4IH9fv1qXW— Oman Air (@omanair) September 7, 2020
Flights that pass the Omani airspace, domestic services to Khasab airports, and oil concession areas continued to operate as the guidelines laid out by the govt.
Meanwhile, a group of 75 volunteers will help the authorities implement the COVID-19 precautionary measures when Muscat International Airport reopens for normal traffic.
The participation of the volunteers was sought by a gaggle called TaawonNetwork, which works under the supervision of the Omani Society for Human Resources Management.
Speaking to the Observer, a member of TaawonNetwork said both citizens and residents are invited to be a part of this volunteer group. Oman Airports will complete the installation, and operation of PCR testing solutions.
Airports Council International (ACI) said the airport industry is anticipating a -59.6 percent reduction in passenger volumes in 2020 vis-à-vis the projected baseline (pre-COVID-19 forecast for 2020) and a -58.4 percent reduction in passengers as compared to 2019. This equates to a reduction in passengers of -5.6 billion for the year.
(With Inputs From Oman Observer)