Eastern carrier Oman Air is to resume long-haul services later this year with
the opening of a daily connection to London Gatwick.
flag-carrier, which will begin the London
flights in November, has been planning to return to long-haul operations after
years of serving as a regional partner to Gulf Air.
Oman’s Government has
focused its attention on developing the sultanate’s own airline following its
decision to withdraw from its state ownership of Gulf Air, now fully controlled
carrier is to introduce Airbus A330-300 and A310-300 aircraft to restart
long-haul connections from its Muscat
base. It had previously indicated that it would use A330s and Boeing 767s.
Air, which said earlier this year that London
would be one of its initial destinations, says that Gatwick offers “an
alternative” to Heathrow and that the UK
capital is part of a route expansion programme which will include other
will use the A330 six times per week on the Gatwick route and the A310 for the
remaining daily link.
Air says it plans to operate to 28 destinations by the end of this year. Chief Ziad Al-Haremi says: “We are on
the right track and we have something to build on going forward.”
cities identified by Oman Air as possible future destinations include
Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore