Oman Air steps up operations amid GCC dispute

Oman Air has increased flights by 25 per cent since Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut transport links to Qatar on June 5. The airline, which made a loss of 129.5 million rials (Dh1.24 billion) in 2016, is using five new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to bridge the air transport gap between Qatar and the four countries after they barred all flights by Qatar Airways and banned their own airlines from flying to or via Qatar. Oman Air have five new Dreamliners that were working under capacity which are now taking the new load. So Oman Air is well equipped at the moment to shoulder the extra flying responsibility without any problem. But it is not just Oman's national airline which is benefiting from the diplomatic crisis. Muscat Airport stands to gain from the closure of the Gulf's airspace as well if Qatar Airways decides to use Muscat as an alternative transit hub to airports in the UAE and Saudi Arabia for long-haul destinations. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch adversary Iran charges that Qatar denies. Courtesy: The National
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