The Sultanate and Australia have finalised a draft for an air transport pact to organise air services between the two countries. The draft took effect on a temporary basis from the date of initialising it, April 6. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding at the end of talks here recently.

The MoU provides for operating four flights a week between the Sultanate and the cities of Sidney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, in addition to an indefinite number of flights between the Sultanate and other Australian cities. Abdulrazzaq bin Said al Mantheri, Director of Air Transport at the Omani Aviation Affairs Department, signed the MoU on behalf of the Sultanate.

The national carrier Oman Air was appointed to utilise the Sultanate’s air transport rights, while Virgin Blue Airlines and Qantas Airlines were appointed to represent the Australian side.