On Wednesday, January 8, Oman Air announced the cancelation of additional flights through January 31, following a directive by the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) to suspend Boeing 737 MAX fleet operations. Several cities will be impacted by the directive including Mumbai, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, Katmandu, Colombo, Dubai, Medina, Salalah, Jaipur, Nairobi, Amman, Athens, Lucknow, Karachi, Hyderabad, Casablanca, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Bahrain, Zurich, Delhi, Bangkok and Dammam. In addition, Airlines management stated that flights to Athens will also be canceled as of February 2, due to the effects of the 737 MAX fleet's grounding. More details regarding canceled flights and possible rebooking opportunities can be found on Oman Air's website.
Further cancelations and announcements on reduced services are possible in the coming months.
Boeing and various international aviation authorities recommended the temporary suspension of all Model 737 MAX aircraft worldwide on Wednesday, March 13, after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on Sunday, March 10, which killed all 157 people onboard a Boeing Model 737 MAX 8. All Boeing Model 737 MAX aircraft have been grounded worldwide.
Individuals flying Oman Air are advised to confirm their flight status, maintain a flexible itinerary, and anticipate further flight disruptions.