The dispute between Sri Lanka and Oman over flight frequencies of Oman Air has been settled after some high level discussions last week by top officials in both the countries, with the two parties agreeing to let the Omani airline fly four times a week initially, according to Oman Air officials.
“Some top Civil Aviation Ministry officials visited Oman on Saturday to meet their Omani counterparts for some ‘serious negotiations’ on this matter and it was agreed that Oman should fly four frequencies initially on the Colombo - Muscat (Oman's capital) route, and then increase (the frequencies) as the traffic grows,” Gihan Karunaratne, Country Manager told the Sunday Times FT.
He said Oman Air's inaugural flight out of Colombo will be at 7.40 pm on Saturday, November 14. “Depending on how well we do, by summer (end April) we will operate seven flights,” he said.
Oman Air was insisting on seven flights a week as per the bilateral agreement between the two countries, while Sri Lanka was willing to agree to two flights a week, saying there is no demand for more flights on this sector, which led to the crisis talks in Oman.