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Oman, US sign open skies deal

Unrestricted air travel will be possible between Oman and the United States under new agreement

Oman, US sign open skies deal
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Unrestricted air travel will be possible between Oman and the United States under an open skies agreement signed by the two countries, it was reported.

The US-Oman Open Skies agreement permits unrestricted air service by airlines of both countries, between and beyond the other's territory, eliminating government restrictions on how often carriers fly, the kind of aircraft used, and prices charged, the Oman News Agency reported.

It also allows for stronger trade and cultural links, and promotes increased tourism, benefiting US and Omani businesses and travellers by expanding opportunities for air services and encouraging vigorous price competition by airlines, it said.

Salim bin Nasser Al Oufi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PACA, said 49,000 passengers travelled between the US and Oman each year.

“This is a very good time to prepare for direct flights between the two countries, especially with the expansion of Muscat International Airport and other airports in the Sultanate," Al Oufi said.

US Ambassador to Oman Greta Holtz said the Sultanate was considered a major partner in many trade, tourist and cultural fields, as well as logistic services.

Relations between the countries were growing following the signing of a Free Trade Agreement, she said.

Holtz said the US was also looking forward to signing agreements with the Sultanate in science and technology.

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