Dubai: Oman’s national carrier is planning to operate three weekly flights to Goa by next summer, a senior official has announced.
Oman Air is embarking on a massive expansion programme to enhance fleet strength to 55 planes by 2017 and plans to operate three weekly flights to Goa, which will go up to five eventually.
The airline will start flying to Goa when it gets a new aircraft, the official said.
Oman Air also plans to double its services to two flights a day between Muscat and various destinations in the Indian sub-continent, instead of a daily flight now.
“We are aspiring for more traffic rights to India to enable us to fly to every destination in India twice a day – morning and night. We now fly twice a day in Muscat-Mumbai, Muscat-Chennai and Muscat New Delhi sectors. We want to serve Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram twice a day,” said Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, chief operating officer of Oman Air.
He said Oman secured 5,000 additional seats to India three years ago and the airline’s proposed new service to Goa is from within the existing flying rights.
Al Busaidy also noted that talks between Oman and Sri Lanka are scheduled for November in Colombo to double its flights from one to two per day in Muscat-Colombo sector.
The airline is also trying to double its flights to Kathmandu and raise number of daily flights on the Muscat-Dhaka route.