Chennai, Dec 19, 2018: Oman Air, the award winning nationalcarrier for the Sultanate of Oman, today celebrates the significant milestoneof 25 magnificent years of service to India. On the occasion of 25thanniversary, Oman Air remains robust and buoyant about bilateral trade andinvestment between India and Oman as the bilateral trade rose approx. 67 percent this year as compared to last year.
With Oman Air’s seat factor touching the 80
per cent mark in 2018, and the passenger in premium cabin growing 25 per cent
in an overall double digit growth vis-à-vis last year the 25th
Anniversary year has been a highlight of the airline’s India operations.
Oman received 3.21 lakh Indian visitors in 2017, showcasing growth of over 7
per cent compared to 2016 and the estimated growth for 2018 is at 18 per cent
owing to the growing demand from leisure, wedding, adventure and MICE
travellers. This will further strengthen the airline’s growing international network
and significantly enhance connectivity for passengers.
Oman Air’s first flight (WY 1412) took off in
the year 1993 from Muscat to Trivandrum, marking its journey of being the
largest airline between the two countries. Oman Air currently operates 161
weekly flights to India. There has been significant growth in the past 25
years, with a fleet of 2 aircraft serving 3 destinations – to its present day
fleet of a 54 aircraft, serving 51 destinations.
On the occasion of
the 25th Anniversary, Eng Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Chief Executive
Officer, Oman Air said: “We are bullish on India, as it is a significant
destination for Oman Air both in terms of increasing tourism traffic and in
promoting vital trade agreements between the two countries. Since the commencement
of operations to India first, the network has grown from strength to strength
and I am delighted to have the opportunity to thank all of those who have made
our expansion possible. I am also very grateful to the cooperation between the
governments of Oman and India whose agreement has allowed us to increase the
number of frequencies and available seats.”
Sunil V A, Regional Vice President-ISC said:
“We have seen a huge increase in passengers travelling between Muscat and
India, but we strongly believe that the Indian market still has huge potential,
not just between Oman and India, but also beyond to connecting destinations.
Seat occupancy remains high on our India flights and I look forward to seeing
this grow even further in the future. The dynamic travel industry and
forward-thinking aviation sector in India, (which is currently the third
largest in the world), has helped make India a very important market for us.”
Paul Starrs, Chief Commercial Officer, Oman
Air, said: “These routes have proven increasingly popular and it has been
fantastic to see the service grow both in terms of destinations and frequency.
We are very proud that we can offer our guests the choice and convenience that
comes with such frequent flights. Our passengers continue to commend the
excellent service that they receive onboard with Oman Air and the 25 year
milestone is a testament to this success.”
About Oman Air
Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the
Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in
1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major
role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting
the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors. The airline currently operates
direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai,
Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as
Cairo, Amman, Tehran, Mashhad, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam within the wider
Middle East/Africa region. In addition, Oman Air flies to eleven destinations
in India (Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi,
Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur); Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in
Pakistan; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Colombo in Sri Lanka. The airline also flies
to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta in the Far East, Guangzhou in China
and Nairobi in Kenya. Its European destinations are London, Manchester, Milan,
Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.