Muscat: The August monthly report shared by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) Oman shows a resilient picture of airline figures.
Even as the year-on-year comparison of international flights from January to July showed a decline of 59.6 per cent, the July figure for this year shows an increase in comparison to the previous months.
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While May recorded 418 international flights, and June 762, July saw 987 international flights taking off from and landing in Oman airports. There was about a 60 per cent fall in domestic flights’ figures as well on a yearly comparison, with the numbers picking up in July this year, with 43 domestic flights operated in July whereas June had 32 and May, 28.
India topped again in the maximum number of arrivals and departures for the month of July, clocking a total number of 30,718 who departed Oman in July and 699 arriving into Oman.
Pakistan came second in this regard with a total of 10,151 leaving Oman and 163 arriving, followed by Bangladesh which recorded 1340 departing and 22 coming in.
There was a decrease of 64.6 per cent in the total arrivals through all airports till July end, and a 63 per cent decrease in the total departures as compared to a January to July period of last year. The airports in Oman were closed for normal operations due to the pandemic situation and scheduled flights were suspended from March 29 this year. However, special repatriation flights including Vande Bharat Mission to fly out Indian citizens, as well as chartered flights operated by various carriers were in action, to fly out stranded citizens of different countries to their respective places.
Oman has announced resumption of normal flight services from October 1, with Oman’s own carriers, Oman Air and Salam Air announcing their schedule of operations and services’ resumption in a phased manner.