Muscat: The Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) has launched new routes in Oman’s airspace, authorising flights over the Empty Quarter.
The opening of these routes will allow the passage of commercial flights bound for Southern Oman, North Sharqiyah, Al Wusta, and South Africa and Saudi Arabia through the legendary Empty Quarter, known in Arabic as “Rub al Khali”.
The decision is expected to cut a considerable amount of travel time and fuel costs, especially on flights from Oman to Saudi Arabia and other GCC and Arab countries.
These routes will enhance the efficiency and safety of air traffic management by diverting them to low-density areas. The project has been planned and implemented by the Omani staff at PACA.
Flights over the Empty Quarter were disallowed over the limitations to monitoring the movements of an aircraft over a wide stretch of desert, according to Oman Observer.