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Oman allows flights over Empty Quarter

The new routes will now reduce a significant amount of travel time and fuel costs on flights from Oman to GCC countries including Saudi Arabia.

TAS News Service
Oct 21, 2019 2:51 pm

MUSCAT: Oman on Monday opened new air routes through Empty Quarter, known in Arabic as Rub’al Khali, that will now reduce a significant amount of travel time and fuel costs on flights from Oman to GCC countries such as Saudi Arabia. 

According to a statement issued online, the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) said the new routes will allow passage of commercial flights bound for Southern Oman, North Sharqiyah, Al Wusta, and South Africa and Saudi Arabia through the Empty Quarters.

Earlier, flights over the Empty Quarter were prohibited due to the limitations in monitoring the movements of an aircraft over a wide desert stretch.

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