Oman Air starts op­er­at­ing third daily flight be­tween Mus­cat and Mumbai

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - Oman Air has been op­er­at­ing a third daily flight on its pop­u­lar Mus­cat to Mumbai route since Au­gust 1.

The two-hour and 50 min­utes flight de­parts Mus­cat at 10.40pm and ar­rives in Mumbai at 3am. The re­turn flight leaves Mumbai at 4.05am and reaches Mus­cat at 5.15am.

Oman Air al­ready has two daily re­turn flights be­tween Mus­cat and Mumbai. The out­go­ing flights de­part Mus­cat at 1.20am and 9am, ar­riv­ing in Mumbai at 5.40am and 1.20pm re­spec­tively. The re­turn­ing flights leave Mumbai at 4.15pm and 6.55am, reach­ing Mus­cat at 5.30pm and 8.10am.

The new time slot is ex­pected to prove pop­u­lar es­pe­cially with busi­ness trav­ellers who can now take an evening flight and reach their des­ti­na­tion early the next morn­ing. Many con­ve­nient con­nec­tions are also on of­fer for GCC trav­ellers, a press re­lease stated.

Ab­dul­rah­man al Bu­saidy, deputy CEO and chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer of Oman Air, said, “We are ex­tremely happy to an­nounce this new ser­vice be­tween Mus­cat and Mumbai. The ad­di­tion of this flight is part of our wider com­mit­ment to the In­dian mar­ket.

“In­dia is a key des­ti­na­tion for Oman Air and the de­mand for all 11 of our In­dian des­ti­na­tions has al­ways been high. In­creased fre­quen­cies of­fer yet more choice and con­ve­nience to our guests, who will now be able to leave Mus­cat in the evening and ar­rive in Mumbai the fol­low­ing morn­ing. We are sure this new ser­vice will prove just as pop­u­lar as our other In­dian routes.”

Mumbai is the largest city in In­dia and it is the fi­nan­cial, com­mer­cial and en­ter­tain­ment cap­i­tal. Draw­ing in around 5mn vis­i­tors a year, the city is con­sis­tently in high de­mand among Oman Air guests, es­pe­cially those from Oman’s large In­dian ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity.

The new flight is the lat­est move in Oman Air’s am­bi­tious and dy­namic pro­gramme of fleet and net­work ex­pan­sion and boosts Oman’s con­nec­tion to In­dia, which is an im­por­tant trade part­ner for the sul­tanate.

Oman Air first launched flights to In­dia in the 1990s and the de­mand for seats has grown ex­po­nen­tially amongst both busi­ness and leisure pas­sen­gers, not only in­creas­ing tourism traf­fic and rev­enue but also pro­mot­ing vi­tal trade agree­ments be­tween the two coun­tries.

The air­line is grow­ing its weekly ca­pac­ity to In­dia with fre­quen­cies in­creas­ing on five of the air­line’s 11 key In­dian des­ti­na­tions. Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad in­crease from twice daily to three times daily. Cali­cut in­creases from once daily to three times daily and Luc­know in­creases from once daily to twice daily.

This lat­est ad­di­tion from Mus­cat to Mumbai in­creases the over­all weekly fre­quency of flights to In­dia from 154 to 161.

In ad­di­tion, to­wards the be­gin­ning of the year the air­line launched di­rect daily flights be­tween Salalah and Cali­cut.

This growth in ca­pac­ity fol­lows the re­vised air ser­vices agree­ment be­tween the Gov­ern­ment of Oman and In­dia in De­cem­ber 2016, when the num­ber of weekly seats was in­creased to 27,405 for both coun­tries, com­pared to 21,145 in the pre­vi­ous agree­ment.

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