More than 300 flights cancelled after Oman closes airport for one week

Muscat: Travel agencies received large numbers of calls and visits from customers throughout the day to arrange travel reservations after Oman closes land, air and sea ports for one week.

The decision was taken by the Supreme Committee in charge of examining the mechanism for dealing with developments arising from the spread of the Coronavirus in order to stop the spread of the disease, and the decision will be effective until December 29.

The decision of the competent authorities to prevent entry and exit to and from the Sultanate for a week led to the cancellation of more than 300 flights, according to an informed source at Oman airports. told the local news-paper Al- Shabiba

“So many customers came to our headquarters we had to place chairs for them everywhere so they could sit and wait, on both the ground and first floors, as we could not receive more than fifty people in the office,” said Fiyaz Khan, General Manager of Travel Point. At the same time, due to social distancing measures and the need to take a temperature before entering the office. ”

He added: “We have received a lot of calls and messages from customers who were arranging to travel to or leave the Sultanate for a short period of time.

“We have 200 employees and about 15 branches in the Sultanate, so we needed to coordinate on how to help travelers, so we asked our staff to be available to serve them because this decision affected all their travel plans,” Khan said. For example, I received a call from a customer in Durban – South Africa – who wants to return to the Sultanate, but he cannot return now.

He added: “There is another customer who had gone to India for emergency conditions for one week, and he was expecting to return to the Sultanate, but he had to wait now, so we had to re-book the travel for him as well, and it is very necessary for him to return because his wife and children are alone here. “There are many students who wish to come to the Sultanate. Their parents contact us to book alternative tickets for their children.”

source: al-shabiba



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