(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- Adding to the service currently operating between Muscat and Calicut (Kozhikode) in India, Oman Air announced the launch of its new daily direct flight between Salalah and Calicut, Kerala starting on March 27.
The move is part of the airline's ambitious and dynamic programme of fleet and network expansion, stated a press release. The three and a half hour flight will depart Salalah at 1.10am and arrive in Calicut at 6.20am.
The return flight will leave Calicut at 7am and arrive in Salalah at 9.15am. The daily service will be operated by a Boeing 737-800. In addition the existing frequencies between Muscat and Calicut have been increased from one daily to twice daily since February this year. Oman Air is growing its weekly capacity to India with frequencies increasing on five of the airline's key destinations.
Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad have been increased from twice daily to three times daily. Calicut increases from once daily to three times daily and Lucknow increases from once daily to twice daily, added the release.
The growth in capacity follows the reved flight agreement between the Government of Oman and India in December 2016, when the number of weekly seats was increased to 27,405 seats for both countries, compared to 21,145 seats, an increase of 6,260 seats per week. Paul Gregorowitsch, chief executive officer of Oman Air, commented, 'Oman Air is committed to support the economic development of the Dhofar region, which is a key market for us. We are extremely happy to announce this new direct service between Salalah and Calicut. Our valued guests who want to travel between Salalah and Calicut will now enjoy shorter flights as they don't have to transfer at Muscat airport. We are sure that this route will be received well by the discerning guests.'
He added, 'More travellers will havcontrasts sharply with the hot, dry climate elsewhere in the region. Visitors will also be able to make the most of the regions renowned hospitality, ancient culture and awe-inspiring landscapese the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Dhofar with cool and refreshing weather, which .'