Boost for Oman Air, as India offers 5,131 more weekly seats
Observer Online/Vinod Nair
India had increased weekly seat entitlements on flights to Oman, among other countries, to boost air services. The decision to enhance seat entitlements and air connectivity with multiple countries comes at a time when the Government is working on ways to boost the domestic aviation market.
Various agreements have been inked with Oman during an international aviation conference held in Turkey last month.
With Oman, an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed, which allows additional 5,131 seats to airlines of the two sides.
This would take the total capacity entitlements from 16,018 seats per week to 21,149 seats per week for both sides, reports India .
India’s Business Standard reported that Oman Air flies 15 daily flights to 11 destinations in India. It has double daily frequencies to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai and plans to increase flights to Bengaluru, Kochi and Kozhikode. Indian carriers too could benefit with the expansion of traffic rights and IndiGo is planning to launch a flight between Kochi-Muscat. At present Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet fly to Muscat.
The decision to increase traffic rights will help Oman Air’s demand to expand its operations to India. The airline recently introduced service between Muscat and Goa and does fly passengers from India to Europe and also to Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
New flights to India will allow Oman Air to offer better onward connections to Europe with lesser transit time at Muscat.