With the aviation sector getting bludgeoned by the COVID-19 pandemic in Oman and the world, the sultanate is planning to restructure all aspects of the aviation industry as well reschedule aviation routes.
H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport, said that his ministry and the Public Authority for Civil Aviation, is working in cooperation with Oman Aviation Group and other departments concerned to devise an efficient plan to resume flights to link Oman with the global community.
“All of these entities will work for the recovery of the aviation sector in Oman. The goal, is not only to restart and sustain the aviation sector, but also to reschedule aviation routes,” he said.
He added that the plan is also to restructure previous operational tasks and display models of practical financial, operational, technical and recruitment processes, in addition to institutional governance tallying with global expectations for this vital sector’s target recovery period.
H E Dr Futaisi pointed out that the ministry will intensify efforts to enable the private sector to play its role through the privatisation of some businesses in government firms. “This approach is based on the rule that any business that is attractive to the private sector should be given priority within the sector itself,” he said.
He explained that, in the beginning of this year, the ministry had approved a certain plan for its projects but it had to be modified due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the collapse of international oil prices.
“These two crises prompted the ministry to set priorities for its projects and recruitment plans to help tackle the challenges and achieve the best possible objectives. Accordingly, the ministry has been keen on executing economic accelerators and maximising national benefits where possible,” he said.
The ministry will work to upgrade organisational competence through the approval of professional criteria for all sectors of goods and passenger transport, the delivery of world-class services and the Omanisation of jobs in these sectors, he added.
“The ministry will work toward completing existing projects and opening traffic before the public in remaining sectors of Adam-Haima-Thumrait road and Sharqiyah Expressway (Sur-Kamil segment), in addition to other projects under construction.”