Oman opens airspace for all airlines, says Civil Aviation Authority

Israel thanks the sultanate for the move, which will allow its airlines to fly across Omani airspace for the first time

The change means Israeli carriers will be able to enter Omani airspace
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Oman's airspace will be open to all airlines that meet the authority's requirements for overflying, the country's Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday.

“As part of the Sultanate of Oman’s continuous efforts to fulfil its obligations under the Chicago Convention of 1944, the Civil Aviation Authority affirms that the Sultanate’s airspace is open for all carriers that meet the requirements of the Authority for overflying,” the CAA wrote on Twitter.

Israel's Foreign Minister Eli Cohen thanked Ruler of Oman Sultan Haitham for the decision, which will allow airlines to offer shorter routes to Asia.

“It's a historic and significant decision for the Israeli economy and the Israeli traveller,” Mr Cohen said.

“Following activity of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Oman announced the approval of the passage of flights of Israeli companies in its territory. This will shorten the flight time from Israel to Asia and reduce ticket prices.”

US President Joe Biden in July announced a Saudi air corridor for Israeli airlines might be implemented. Israeli officials had said the corridor could not be implemented until Muscat consented because it would also entail flying over Oman.

Updated: February 23, 2023, 12:36 PM