Oman airports introduce measures to address delays
OAMC is striving to become one of the top airports in the world by 2020. (File photo)
A series of campaigns planned to be launched by the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) will help prevent a chain of recurring delays at Oman’s airports due to negligence and provide tips for a safe and hassle-free travel. On June 1, 2015, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) implemented a new rule saying expatriates must pay their traffic fines prior to departing Oman.
The ROP has also set up traffic fines clearance operations at airports and borders for expatriates leaving the country, both permanently and temporarily.
Yet somehow some expatriates fail to pay their fines, which results in delaying the departure of their flights. Similarly, some passengers do not adhere to the norms of airline travel as some arrive at the check-in counter with several large boxes weighing more than the standard weight of 30kg.
Additionally, every ticket has a luggage limit, which you can check in at the counter, as well as individual carry-on luggage that should not weigh more than 10 kg.
Departing passengers are also advised to arrive at the airport three hours early and are expected to be at the gates on time.
“Some passengers arrive at the gate a few minutes before departure. The airline then has to unload their luggage and take off without them or wait for the passengers, which could cause extra delays for the flight and other passengers,” said OAMC.
“Airlines have slots and a specific time to be in and out of the airport to ensure a smooth flow of ground and air traffic,” it added.
OAMC also has other initiatives in place to ensure the smooth flow of passenger, air and ground traffic.
Some initiatives will serve as an awareness campaign for passengers. A common problem faced at Oman’s airport is that some passengers come in with very large boxes instead of suitcases. The luggage belt cannot handle those boxes, and they might get jammed and consequently damage the conveyor belt.
OAMC is striving to become one of the top airports in the world by 2020 and launching such initiatives and campaigns for the benefit of the company and public will boost its chances of achieving such a target.
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