Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Oman Air keen on greater interaction with India

It is a small player in world aviation. It also gets easily overshadowed by bigger players Emirates and Etihad that operate from the same region. But Oman Air, the official airline of Oman, has always realised India’s important position and the airline is now planning to become more aggressive in its marketing in India.

Oman has approached the Indian government seeking an increase in the number of weekly seats that carriers can operate to and from India — from 27,000 to 70,000 seats.

In December last year, authorities in India and Oman increased the number of weekly seats the Oman carriers were permitted to operate, to 27,405, up from 21,145 seats permitted earlier. Oman Air is the only airline from Oman that operates flights to India.

“There is no specific number (on the number of weekly seats that Omani carriers can operate) that we can say in public. But we have informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that if we can get up to 70,000 (seats), that will be great to have. I raised this point during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Oman. They promised to look at it,” Ahmed Al Futaisi, the Omani Minister for Civil Aviation and Telecommunication, told a group of Indian journalists in Muscat recently.
27/11/18 Ashwini Phadnis/Business Line

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