Thursday, September 03, 2020

Expatriates coming back to Oman forced to pay a huge price for their return

Passengers returning to the Sultanate have spoken of the large sums of money they are compelled to fork out to come back to the country.

Normally a one-way ticket from India costs OMR40 to OMR80 depending on the destination. But ever since flights stopped, the price of the one-way tickets with approval has gone up to OMR 245.

“We are charging OMR235 if you want to fly from Delhi or Mumbai to Muscat. But you have to pay OMR245 if you want to fly from Chennai or Bangalore. You just need to fill up a MoFA form and we will do the rest. The money includes flights and MoFA approval,” confirmed a travel agent in Ruwi.

According to the Indian Embassy, more than 300 chartered flights have already operated from various destinations in India to Muscat and Salalah.

S K, a passenger who returned from the Indian state of Kerala said, “I was charged about OMR190 for a ticket to return to Oman. A one-way ticket to my hometown normally costs about OMR60. This is too much money.”

“What’s worse is that they kept rescheduling our flight timings, just hours before we were expected to take off. First, we were expected to take off at 8pm India time, then, they made it 5:30pm so we had to change our plans accordingly. Once we reached the airport, they told us the flight had been delayed. It would now only take off at 8:55pm. It was a really frustrating experience,” he added.

Another passenger, who made the trip from New Delhi to Muscat said she had to pay more than INR40,000 (OMR210) for a one-way ticket, when the average cost for such a journey is only about OMR90.

“I paid this money because my daughter is here, and I need to take care of her,” she said.
02/09/20 Times of Oman/Zawya

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