Carrier sees uptick of Brits after expansion and fleet upgrades, writes Sam Ballard.
Oman Air has revealed that its revenue from UK services has risen by 45 per cent year-on-year.
The increase was put down to fleet upgrades, as well as the launch of a daily Manchester to Muscat service. Oman Air also now operates a double daily service from London Heathrow on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
“Oman is growing as a destination,” Kel Patel, Oman Air’s interim country manager, told ABTA Magazine. He added that a lack of hotel beds in the country was no longer an issue after a slew of openings, including a new Kempinski hotel. The Ritz-Carlton Al Bustan reopened last week while a new Jameirah hotel is expected to open in 2019.
“Oman is relatively untouched as a country,” Patel added. “There are no high rises, the tallest building in the Sultanate of Oman is the Sultan’s Palace. Our culture has been maintained and that will not change going forward.
“While it is a very viable winter destination, we can also cater for the summer, too. People don’t realise but the temperature up in the Jabal Askhdar Mountains is 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the country – so while it’s hot downstairs, it’s more manageable upstairs.”
The company reintroduced a flight from Muscat to the Maldives last week, a service that Patel said he is keen to promote to British passengers.
“The Maldives with Oman Air is a big opportunity for travel agents who want to sell culture and beach holidays,” he said. “Clients can experience the culture and mild adventure of Oman for two or three nights before heading to the Maldives for their 10-nights of R&R.”