Muscat – The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted approval to two companies to operate amphibious aircraft in the sultanate.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, CAA said, ‘The authority has issued its initial approval to complete procedures to establish and operate amphibious aircraft to Musandam Airlines and Consolidated Energy for Investments.’
In April, the authority invited investors interested in establishing and operating amphibious aircraft services to submit requests with a detailed proposal, including economic feasibility study, business plan and proof of financial capacity.
Investors were required to submit application forms for a Class B operating licence for aircraft of 19 seats or less or with a maximum take-off weight of less than ten tonnes.
CAA stated that the licences for amphibious aircraft have been given to promote tourism.
After the initial acceptance, the two companies will be obligated to complete all requirements to obtain an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) based to a specific timetable, CAA added.
According to the initial request documents, the licence will be valid for seven years from the date of issue.