Oman cancels more than 300 flights over travel ban
More than 300 flights to and from Oman have been cancelled due to the closure of the country’s borders and suspension of commercial flights for a week over fears about the new mutant COVID-19 strain.
The decision, which was made by the Supreme Committee to deal with COVID-19, came into effect on Tuesday.
“The decision has led to cancelling 307 flights, including 148 incoming flights and 159 departure ones,” said an official at Oman Airports. Although international flights have been cancelled, domestic flights operating inside the country continue to operate. Cargo planes, goods trucks and freight ships are also allowed access to Oman’s ports of entry and exit.
Oman Air, Oman’s national carrier, said in a statement: “For rebooking, passengers holding Oman Air flights reservations can contact our call centre or Oman Air representatives in their respective countries.”
SalamAir, a low cost airline in Oman, also said it will suspend operations for all international flights for one week starting on December 22.
In reaction to this decision, Air India has allowed passengers flying to and from Oman on their fleet the chance to change their flight bookings, on a single occasion, at no cost.
“In view of the Government of India directive on suspension of flights to the UK, from December 22 to 31, and both Oman and Saudi Arabia from December 22 to 29 2020, Air India is offering passengers booked to travel during the period a one-time free reschedule for travel completed, within December 31.
“All penalties for one-time rescheduling, cancellation and rerouting will be waived for bookings between December 22 and 31,” India’s flag carrier said.
Travel agents in Oman say many who had booked tickets during this period have requested refunds, although some are considering their options as to whether they can postpone their journeys to January 2021.