New com­pany be­ing formed to look af­ter me­te­o­rol­ogy and air nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Swapna Taraf­dar

Oman Avi­a­tion Group (OAG) which is be­ing formed un­der the di­rec­tions of the gov­ern­ment will look af­ter me­te­o­rol­ogy and air nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices in the coun­try. OAG will also look af­ter the af­fairs of Oman Air­ports Man­age­ment Com­pany and Oman Air.

At present, the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Air Nav­i­ga­tion (DGAN) and Direc­torate Gen­eral of Me­te­o­rol­ogy (DGM) func­tion un­der the Pub­lic

Au­thor­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion

(PACA).

In an emailed re­ply to Mus­cat Daily, Dr Mo­hammed Nasser al Zaabi, CEO of PACA said, “PACA has con­ducted a fea­si­bil­ity study to sep­a­rate DGAN and DGM from the core busi­ness as a reg­u­la­tor. The rea­son be­hind this move is to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices and ad­here to the re­quire­ments of In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion of sep­a­rat­ing ser­vices pro­vi­sions from the reg­u­la­tory role.”

Dr Zaabi said that rapid tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in the avi­a­tion sec­tor en­abled them to con­sider the sep­a­ra­tion.

“It would sup­port ser­vice en­hance­ment lead­ing these ser­vices to be com­mer­cially driven in or­der to in­crease rev­enue and sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion to­wards sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion.”

De­tails of the sep­a­ra­tion process will be an­nounced later.

“Work on the for­mu­la­tion of the new or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture is on­go­ing,” Dr Zaabi said.

Dr Mo­hammed Nasser al Zaabi

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