Oman Air Will Suspend Flights Until Further Notice

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Oman Air has suspended all flights until further notice, joining a growing list of other airlines that are desperately avoiding the fallout of the coronavirus. The airline has not indicated when the passenger flights will resume, only that their last flight will be this Sunday the 29th of March 2020.

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Oman Air will shut down this Sunday. Photo: Maarten Visser / Wikimedia Commons

What are the details?

If you are booked on a flight on Oman Air, be prepared for your flight to be canceled. The carrier will cease passenger flights indefinitely to help stave off the damage caused by the global pandemic and help its nation-state Oman defend against the further spread of the virus.

Oman currently has its border closed to foreigners and local Oman citizens are not allowed to leave the country. Cargo flights will continue, however.

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Speaking to media, the CEO of Oman Air Abdulaziz Al Raisi said.

“This is a temporary suspension of our passenger services. We regret the difficulty and inconvenience this may cause, but it’s vital for us as the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman to assist in the country’s effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.”

The airline will still operate a flight from Oman Air’s hub of Muscat to Musandam Governorate. It is not clear where Oman Air will park its fleet of 50 or so aircraft, and if its hub airport can handle all of them in storage at the same time.

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If you are booked on Oman Air, the airline has suggested that you contact them via the website to arrange a credit or to change your booking.

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An Oman Air Boeing 737. Photo: Getty Images

Will Oman Air be able to survive this crisis?

This crisis has become the make or break issue for the airline industry, and Oman Air has joined others around the globe to cease trading or cut routes significantly like South Africa Airlines and Virgin Australia this morning.

“We will prioritize the needs of our guests and employees as we continue to assess the evolving situation. This is an unprecedented time for our industry, but I am confident we will emerge stronger from this crisis as we had successfully done so in the past.”

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Oman Air, like other Gulf carriers such as Emirates and Qatar, makes the bulk of its trade through transit passengers. Whilst Oman has not banned transit passengers passing through their ports (like Singapore and the UAE) the very quickly dwindling list of destination countries with their borders still open makes turning a profit harder every day.

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Two-thirds of Oman Air passengers are transiting to other destinations around the world. Photo: Oman Air

Thus perhaps this move by the airline to just have a ‘hibernation’ until this all blows over is the smart thing to do.

“When its temporary suspension is lifted, Oman Air will take an orderly approach to restore its international services with a focus on safety, quality and meeting our guests’ travel commitments”

What do you think about this news? Are you booked with Oman Air? Let us know in the comments.

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Naveed Jilani Sultana

I had a flight from islamabad to manchester via musqat but it has cancelled due to close the airport and i have stucked in pakistan. Here are some airlines like Qatar Air and PIA have started some special flights for uk and usa from islamabad but i dont know why Oman Air is doing nothing for the people who have stucked here in pakistan and unable to reach their destination. I request to the Oman Air that kindly start some flights for the people who have stucked here in islamabad. I shall grateful to Oman Air.

Savio

My family were supposed to fly on the 25th of March with Oman Air from goa to London . The flights are cancelled and the customer service agents are not willing to help even to re route . We are stuck and they do not have any information on what to even say to us. One agent advised to give them a call after a week. No help at all

Khurram

My ticket is booked from islamabad to kuwait on 2nd April .what I do now

Nuzhat Irfan

Yes I am booked for 9th May plz advice

Nuzhat Irfan

Yes I am booked for 9th May from madina to Mumbai plz advice

Chona l.flores

Im book oman air from munchester to muscat and philipines my flight on april 20 bec of covid 19 problem also here uk hre lock down can i rebook my flight thnk you safe everyone.

Shoaib Rabbani

I am booked with Oman Air on 4th April 2020 from Islamabad to Muscat. I will seek for an early flight after flight options resumed, as I serve MOD.

Akhila

My family were supposed to fly on 23rd march frm calicut to muscat..the flights were cancelled ..so wht should i do next

Akhila

My family were supposed to fly on 23rd march frm calicut to Muscat…my flights were cancelled fue to covid ..so wht should i do next

Muhammad Akhtar Rehmani

Please when flights starts tell me

Muhammad Akhtar Rehmani

Muhammad Akhtar Rehmani
I had a flight from islamabad to kuwait via musqat but it has cancelled due to close the airport and i have stucked in pakistan.

Satish chandra joshi

I have booked ticket for kuwait fom lucknow india for 2nd april 20 and return journey to lucknow from kuwait on 2nd may 20. What will fate of cancellation. I have submitted return form to omain air, but surprisingly they do not respond to my letter and queries. Much worried about my cancellation amount.

Mohd mokeem khan

Sorry I want to know for lucknow to riyadh for saudia arabia on date 16th April 2020 please confirm what update can possible fly or not please confirm

Dr.Sunil T.Verghese

I have booked a round trip,flight with my wife on Oman airline on 22nd Jan 2020 and scheduled flight is on 1st June from Kochi to Vancouver.Please inform if this flight gets cancelled, will I get full refund ? If not, will the airline give me an Open ticket to fly by next June 2021 ?

GRACELDA LAMZON ARELLANO

Yes .. they booked me in oman airways march 24,2020

Michael Carvalho

My wife and her brother have a booking for 4 tickets by Oman air. (Canada to Goa return for 2 and Goa to Canada one way for 2 ) Got in touch with Oman air here in Canada . Got a rude blunt reply no refund and that we will have to pay cancellations fees. We are working on a case here in Canada. Sure we are all in this , but just because passengers paid in advance you cannot hold passengers responsible to pay your losses.

Muhammad Faisal

I’m in Istanbul my flight cancelled twice one in 23th and 25th I’m still waiting please help me I go back my own country Lahore Pakistan

Mehmood Ahmad

Which time oman air start our operation pakistan to Oman

Mohamed Amanulla

I have booked on 18th april to kadinam,from chennai.inform me about cancellation of tickets

Samreen Samreeen

I had a flight from Lahore to musket than Frankfurt to calgary, but the Lahore airport has closed down due to Covid-19, we were supposed to fly on March 29, how can we rebook. Please update us ASAP.

Zaithoon Juvairya

My PNR is [redacted]. Iam supposed to fly on 16.03.2020 from Dammam to Chennai but the flights were cancelled from 14th itself from Dammam. Pl mail us what to do to use the same booking in future.

AvGeek747er

It is South African AIRWAYS not South African AIRLINES! For an aviation blog, you sure don’t know the proper airline names. You would not say United Airways, or American Airways would you?

Michellyn Viojan

I have a flight in june 24 going to manila from istanbul.i hope airline will resume flights soon

Philippe

We booked pour lights backup to Paris for the 15th of avril but now we do not know what to do?
Qatar airways stil flighting…

Maria

My ticket is on 25th april I don’t know if I’ll get to go or it will be canceled it’s from goa to london can you help out please

Mark Kilby

My wife had her flight to PNH Cambodia cancelled the day of departure on the 21st March 2020 by Oman Air which now she is stranded in Moscow since. And they didn’t give any explanation on what she should do.
My question is what should my wife do and will Oman Air reschedule her cancelled flight so she can fly home??

Raja Khan

I had return flight booked for 03 April 2020 from Islamabad to Muscat and Muscat to London which was cancelled and got no response from Oman Air. I am stuck in Pakistan and My family is suffering in UK.