MUSCAT: First chartered flight repatriating stranded Indians will take-off from Oman on Saturday. SalamAir’s flight chartered by KMCC, an Indian cultural organisation, will repatriate 180 passengers from Muscat to Calicut on Saturday morning.
This will also be SalamAir’s maiden flight to India.
Speaking exclusively to The Arabian Stories, Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir said the flight will take-off at 7:45 am on Saturday. “This is our first flight to India and we are happy to utilise this service as a charter for a good cause and for an organisation such as KMCC. 180 passengers will take-off tomorrow morning. We just completed all approvals to fly,” he said. It is worth noting that despite being a chartered flight, KMCC has kept a bare minimum ticket fare of OMR 75 per passenger.
“We have followed all the protocols set by both Central and State government while preparing for this flight. We would like to thank many people who have helped us in arranging this repatriation flight. We wholeheartedly thank KMCC Oman President Rayees Ahmed, Indian Embassy and the management of SalamAir and alHind Travels for their support,” said K. Yusuf Salim, Treasure of KMCC Muscat.
According to Yusuf, passengers who have registered with the Indian Embassy, have been carefully selected based on priority. “180 passengers are traveling tomorrow and we have done a careful screening. 61 patients, 17 infants, 24 pregnant women, and 24 people whose visas have expired are traveling in this flight,” Yusuf added.
Alhind Travel and Tours who are doing the chartering facilities for KMCC said all permissions are met for the flight to take-off. “The chartering facilities for KMCC is done by Alhind Travel and Tours. All approvals have been met with both Indian and Omani civil aviation authorities by KMCC and Alhind Travels . We are thankful to SalamAir management for all the assistance and support,” said Mohammed Haris of Alhind Travels.
Second charter flight to Calicut
Meanwhile, Indian Cultural Federation (ICF) will also charter an IndiGo flight to Calicut on Saturday carrying 180 stranded passengers that includes 11 pregnant women, 42 emergency patients, 50 stranded visitors and 48 people who lost their jobs. ICF is expected to fly more charter flights in the coming days.