Oman Air adds capacity as traffic grows on Sri Lanka route
ECONOMYNEXT – Oman Air has expanded capacity on its Sri Lanka route with strong growth in tourist traffic to the island as part of an aggressive global expansion, a senior official said.
“Sri Lanka possesses great potential for tourism and is one of most attractive destinations from the Gulf Co-operation Council countries in particular,” Chief Officer Sales of Oman Air Mahfood Ali Saleem Al Harthy said.
Oman Air increased capacity to Colombo from 29 October, 2015 and now operates twice daily between the Sri Lankan capital and Muscat, he told a news conference.
Gihan Karunaratne, Country Manager, Sri Lanka & Maldives of Oman Air said the airline now operates 14 flights a week between the two countries.
“We also recently introduced a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to our fleet. The all-new commercial aircraft offers passengers increased speeds of travel and is currently operational between Muscat, Frankfurt and Milan.”
Al Harthy said tourist arrivals from Oman are expected to exceed 15,000 by year-end, up by about a quarter from 2014.
“Oman Air will participate in attracting tourists to Sri Lanka,” he said. “Our increased capacity enables us to offer customers better choices and also enhance the trade balance.”
Oman Air has a load factor – the percentage of seats filled on a flight – of around 70 percent on the Colombo – Muscat route, Al Harthy said.
“Our flights from Colombo to Muscat have shown an excellent load factor and we have been able to meet the travel needs of business and leisure travellers as well as Sri Lankan expatriate workers based in Oman.”
(Colombo/November 30 2015)