The national airline of Oman announced yesterday a lower fares initiative to help disadvantaged disabled people access air travel.
The initiative is the result of Oman Air’s partnership with Oman’s Ministry of Social Development.
“Oman Air is pleased to be working closely with the Directorate General for People with Special Needs to benefit such people who fall in the low-income bracket as far as their airline tickets requirements are concerned. The tickets will enable them to access treatment or education or take part in other relevant activities," the airline CEO Paul Gregorowitsch said. “This initiative underlines Oman Air’s long-standing commitment to working with public and private institutions to offer a helping hand to those who are in need. As the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, we have a duty to support and enable the people of Oman. This is an important element of our corporate social responsibility programme and we are proud to be working with the Ministry of Social Development in achieving it.”
“This new initiative with Oman Air will provide vital support to people with special needs who are living on low incomes. It will mean that they can more easily access the help and services that they need. We are grateful to our national carrier for its commitment," Hilal Mohamed Al Abri, Director General for People with Special Needs at the Ministry of Social Development said.
Oman Air is a long standing supporter of social initiatives targeted towards people with disabilities.
Last August the airline partnered with Oman’s Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises and the Al Raffad Fund to help empower students in Oman who have special needs.
The partnership resulted in a workshop, held in Muscat, which emphasised the importance of providing financial backing for special needs students to develop their skills and provide them with a vocation.
"Oman Air takes every available opportunity to develop the capabilities of young Omanis through training programs. Wherever possible, this is achieved in collaboration with partners such as Government departments, charitable organisations and the private sector. Through these efforts and initiatives, Oman Air is proud to contribute to the enrichment and well-being of all Oman's students, especially those with special needs,” Dr. Khalid bin Abdul Wahab Al Balushi, Senior Manager, Government Relations and Sustainable Development at Oman Air said.