Published on : Thursday, March 26, 2020
Oman Air recently declared its decision to cut down all passenger services to and from Muscat. The decision will come into effect from Sunday afternoon, March 29th 2020. The decision comes in light of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak and its adverse effect on the airline industry.
The carrier has not announced any date for the resumption of services. All flight cancellations are set to stay in place until further notice. Oman Air’s domestic flights to and from Musandam Governorate will continue to operate as per normal schedule. The carrier’s cargo operations will continue with function normally.
Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Chief Executive, Oman Air said in a recent press statement that the airline has decided to suspend passenger services for now. However, this is a temporary suspension of passenger services. He shared that Oman Air regrets the difficulty and inconvenience that follow the decision. He also mentioned that as the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman it is also essential to support and assist the country’s efforts to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.
He further added that the airline will prioritize the needs of its guests and employees. It will also continue to assess the changing situation. He said that this is an unprecedented time for the airline industry. He also expressed that he is confident that the company will emerge stronger from the present crisis similar to how it overcame trying times in the past.
Post the removal of the temporary suspension, Oman Air will take an orderly approach and will be restoring its international services. It will also focus on safety and security.
Other airlines like Emirates and Etihad have also grounded the vast majority of their flights in the Middle East due to the present situation. On the other hand, the International Air Transport Association has also issued a warning over the long-term operational feasibility of carriers in the Middle East and Africa without government support.