Drones Disrupt Flight Operations at Muscat International Airport

Drones affect flight operations.
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A large number of flights were affected on Tuesday night at Muscat International Airport after drones were spotted over its airspace.

Muscat International Airport, saw its operations getting halted for close to 90 minutes. A number of flights were diverted from December 24 to December 25 due to the closure of the Muscat International Airport.

“All affected flights arrived in Muscat shortly after the runway was reopened. This disruption caused delays for several flights to and from Muscat International Airport,” Oman Air said. The carrier also requested all passengers to check with the airline to monitor flight arrival and departure time as some flights may be additionally affected during the course today.

Following the shutdown, several Oman Air flights including Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain, Cairo, Riyadh, and Kuwait City were diverted to the neighboring airports. This is not the first time the airport was shut down because of drone activity. Last month flight operations at Muscat International Airport were suspended after a drone was spotted over airport airspace.

The use of remote control aircraft, drones or any other flying object, without proper approval from a competent authority, is not allowed in the Sultanate. Under Article 63, whoever violates the provisions of the law can face imprisonment for a period not less than one year, and not exceeding three years.

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