Muscat: For the first time, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) has introduced a new electronic meter payment system for airport taxis.
“The taxi meter system will not raise the usual taxi fees, but will help in regulating the taxis, while also enhancing overall transparency of the system. The installation of these new taxi meters is in line with the new strategy of the company, highlighted by the slogan ‘Growing gateways to beauty and opportunity’,” the OAMC officials said.
The head of transportation at OAMC also confirmed that the new system was put into operation last Friday in all taxis operating at the Muscat International Airport.
Fares will start from OMR6, and will increase at the rate of 200Bz per kilometre, which is comparable to the previous pricing but is more streamlined and transparent.
The new pricing is also in line with those put in place in a majority of countries where this type of service is in use.
Furthermore, because the system is electronically regulated and overseen by a company, as opposed to the individual driver himself, it will be more readily appreciated and accepted by tourist visiting the country.
In addition to the standard fees, the airport taxi’s also offers drop-offs to destinations outside of Muscat.
However, these destinations will use a fixed fee system starting from OMR15 for a trip to Barka, all the way to OMR250 for the trip to Salalah, in Dhofar.
OAMC offers taxi bookings via its website at www.omanairports.com. Users are also welcomed to present their suggestions and queries on the taxi service to OAMC via a dedicated e-mail address – [email protected].