Oman Air cancels 750 flights amid Boeing 737 Max groundings

Oman Air cancels 750 flights amid Boeing 737 Max groundings
Published: 23 July 2019 - 6 a.m.
By: Bernd Debusmann Jr
Oman Air has cancelled approximately 750 flights between July 21 and August 31 amid the ongoing grounding of its fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft, the airline said on Saturday.

The affected destinations include Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Kuwait, Amman, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Calicut, Colombo and Kathmandu.

“As a result of the PACA [Public Authority for Civil Aviation] directive on suspending operations of Boeing 737 Max, we have cancelled many flights ‘til August 31,” the airline said. “We are rebooking guests on alternative/next available flights to their destinations.”

Oman Air passengers who have booked during those dates are being advised to check the airline’s website or contact its call centre to ascertain the status of their flight.

A full list of affected flights can be found here.

In March, the airline joined a number of other carriers around the world in grounding the Boeing 737 Max following the fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft. The incident was the second fatal crash involving Max.

At the time, PACA said it was “temporarily suspending operations of Boeing 737 Max aircraft into and out of all Omani airports until further notice.”

Following the suspension, the airline was forced to cancel nearly 500 flights throughout March and April.

In June, Oman Air chief executive Abdulaziz Al Raisi was quoted as saying that the grounding of the Max aircraft had caused a “major” financial impact and that it had “significantly curtailed” its expansion plans.

Source: Arabian Business

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