Oman Air deploys more staff to tackle airport strike.
Muscat: A small number of Oman Air employees have gone on strike since Friday and have reportedly slowed down the operations at the Muscat International Airport since yesterday, said sources. According to sources in Muscat's aviation industry, the strike had still not been called off at the time this report was filed, as they claimed that flight operations had not been affected. "We have deployed additional staff at the airport to avoid any inconvenience to passengers and customers. They are on double shift duties. "Oman Air has deployed additional staff as well. So far, there has been no change in the schedule of flight operations," Riyaz Kutteri, the country manager of Jet Airways, told Times of Oman. A statement issued by Oman Air to Times of Oman said that the airline is disappointed to learn that an unofficial strike has been called by a small number of staff at Muscat International Airport. "No advance notice of the strike was given, as is required by the Omani Labour Law and the national regulations governing industrial action do not appear to have been observed. "Oman Air's formal complaints and grievance procedures remain available to all members of the staff who wish to raise issues or concerns," said the statement. The statement also added that Oman Air has positioned additional staff to minimise the impact on customers and have managed 81 per cent on-time performance of all their flights between 0001 and 1800 yesterday. "Oman Air's commitment to its customers is absolute and the management, in close coordination with the authorities and all service providers, will ensure that the airport continues normal operations of all our flights," said the statement. According to sources, the workers are demanding better working conditions, fewer working hours, and better wages. Travel agents in Oman claimed that they have been receiving calls from customers after the news of the strike spread. "We have been getting several calls from our customers who want to know if their travel plans will be affected due to the strike. As Oman Air is handling the ticketing and visa procedures, our customers have been facing several problems at the airport since Friday night," Renny Johnson, executive manager at Mezoon Travels, told Times of Oman. In February, up to 60 Oman Air staff went on strike in Muscat in a bid to force the carrier into providing training and promotions. The protesting Omani employees then claimed that promises made by airline officials that they would receive regular training and better compensation had not been kept.
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|Publication:||Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)|
|Date:||Jun 2, 2013|
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