Oman-India air bubble seat numbers reduced
Oman has cut by half the number of seats available on flights under a bubble agreement with India after some passengers tested positive for coronavirus on arrival.
The capacity of seats was reduced to 5,000 per week from the earlier 10,000 per week, a spokesman from the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said in national daily the Times of Oman.
“Previously, the limit was 10,000 passengers per week in each direction, to and from Oman. Now the number of passengers has been reduced to 5,000 passengers in one direction on both sides, for the Omani and Indian air carriers. Neither side had achieved the limit of 10,000 per week in one direction,” the official said in the report.
Private carriers including Indigo, SpiceJet and GoAir were also earlier banned by the Indian government from operating the route, with state-owned airlines Air India and Air India Express instead taking charge of fulfilling the capacity requirements under the air bubble agreement.
“The decision regarding the Indian carriers rests with the Indian authorities. Further, while the Indian side can operate flights to the Sultanate from any city in India, the Omani side has the right to operate flights only to 11 destinations in India,” the CAA official said.
Oman Air and Salam Air will continue to operate flights between Oman and India as part of the air bubble agreement.