- By Aisha Butt
Omanis who qualify for the social insurance programme will be eligible for a 50 per cent discount on flights with Oman Air, the airline has announced
In a heart warming display of social responsibility Oman Air is extending a 50 per cent discount to those with special needs.
Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air, said that the airline is proud to be working closely with the Ministry of Social Development to improve the life of Omani citizens.
“At Oman Air we have expanded the range of our community initiatives to support eligible individuals reach their full potential and achieve a rewarding and balanced life. We have also provided vital backing for a range of educational, cultural and sporting initiatives which not only help to improve the lives of individuals, but also make an important contribution to the economic and social well-being of the Sultanate.” Gregorowitsch added speaking to Al-Sahawat Times in Muscat, Oman.
The discount also includes those with special needs who may be travelling for medical treatment and study purposes.
Dr Khalid Abdul Wahab Al Balushi, Senior Manager Government Relations, said that Oman Air’s support for the work of the Ministry of Social Development stems from its endeavours to support the community to deliver a positive, long-term impact within our less advantaged communities.
“Oman Air has a record of providing sustained support for people with special needs. The airline has partnered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises and the Al Raffd Fund to run a workshop in Muscat. Here, the importance of providing financial backing for students with special needs was emphasized, the availability of practical and financial support was outlined and students learned about the significance of economic independence.”
Meanwhile, educational Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives have seen Oman Air partner with aircraft manufacturer Airbus to jointly host school workshops conducted in Muscat by The Little Engineer (TLE), an organisation dedicated to instilling an appreciation of science and technology among today’s youth.
Oman Air has also joined forces with Boeing to run a training and recruitment skills programme for graduates of the High Technical College in Muscat.
Additional educational support has included the donation of a large number of Arabic and English language books to Oman’s Maktabati project, which encourages children of all ages to improve their reading skills, develop a love of reading and undertake beneficial hobbies during their leisure time.
Oman Air has managed to increase its contribution to Oman’s GDP in 2016 to close to OR 900 million as per the latest studies of Oxford Economics. Oman Air was also awarded Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year at the Aviation Business Awards in 2015.
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