By Gavin Gibbon
Flights over the Empty Quarter were not allowed over the limitations to monitoring the movements of an aircraft over a wide stretch of desert
Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has opened up the Empty Quarter and launched new routes which is hoped will save time and money.
The routes will allow flights bound for Southern Oman, Sharqiyah, Al Wusta, and South Africa and Saudi Arabia a passage through the Empty Quarter, or Rub al Khali in Arabic.
PACA said the routes will be economical as they will cut flight times and save on fuel costs.
The authority added that it would also improve safety of air traffic movement over the country in what is a congested airspace.
According to a report in the Oman Observer, flights over the Empty Quarter were not allowed over the limitations to monitoring the movements of an aircraft over a wide stretch of desert.
Rub al Khail is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, encompassing more of the southern third of the Arabian Peninsula. The desert covers 650,000km2, including parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Yemen.