Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman offering high quality service, and connecting and promoting Oman to the world, completes 24 years of operations in India this year. “India has always been and will continue to remain a key market for Oman Air. We are delighted to be offering thousands more guests the opportunity to travel between Oman and India. Oman and India enjoy a close and historic relationship and Indian air travellers have played an important part in Oman Air’s success. The demand for all 11 of our Indian destinations has always been high and the increased frequencies this year offer more choice and convenience to our guests. The extended traffic entitlements will give a further boost to the tourism sector, prompting many discerning tourists to visit magnificent Oman as well as India’s beautiful touristic spots. We look forward to welcoming many more Indian air travellers aboard our aircraft as Oman Air continues its current ambitious fleet and network expansion programme across destinations,” Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO, Oman Air said.
Over the past year in the Indian market, Oman Air has seen an average rate of close to 80 per cent in seat occupancy and has increased their seat capacity by 30 per cent. The dynamic travel industry and forward-thinking aviation sector in India, which is currently the third largest in the world, has made it an important market for the airline.
In May 2017, Oman Air launched a new daily flight from Muscat to Manchester. The new daily service is operated by an Airbus 330-200 and is the airline’s second flight connection to the UK following the current double daily service between London Heathrow and Muscat. The new flight signals the latest move in the airline’s ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion and boosts Oman’s connection to the UK, an important trading partner.
The first international service that Oman Air launched in India was to Trivandrum in November 1993. Since then, they have launched 10 more destinations in India, five of which are served by double daily services. Within the last year, the Sultanate of Oman and the Republic of India have agreed to increase the number of flights between the two countries. This year onwards Delhi, Calicut and Hyderabad have 21 weekly flights each, and Lucknow operates 14 weekly flights. Starting 01 August 2017, Oman Air will introduce a third daily flight from Mumbai to Muscat, which will increase the weekly capacity from 154 to 161 flights.
Oman Air is expected to operate 70 aircrafts by 2020, which will fly to as many as 75 destinations thereby increasing its network and reach across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.