To celebrate the return of SriLankan Airlines to Oman on 30 October Muscat Airport arranged a gift exchange and a cake. The route was previously served by SriLankan’s in-house LCC Mihin Lanka until the airline was disbanded at the end of the summer season. The new service will face competition from Oman Air’s twice-daily service.
- SriLankan Airlines has resumed service (not for the first time) between Colombo (CMB) and Muscat (MCT) in Oman. On 30 October, the oneworld member began a five times weekly service using a mix of its A320s and A321s. Flights will depart Colombo at 18:45 arriving in Muscat at 21:20, depart Muscat at 22:30 and arrive back in Colombo at 04:20. According to OAG data the airline last served the route in October 2015 having previously resumed the route in March 2011 after a two-year hiatus. Competition on the route is provided by Oman Air’s twice-daily service. Until the start of the winter season the route was also served by Mihin Lanka, the low-cost subsidiary of SriLankan. However, Mihin Lanka ceased operations on 29 October. Aiman bin Ahmed Al-Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports Management Company, said: “The number of Sri Lankan residents in Oman has increased over the past few years. This has led to a steady growth in airline traffic between Muscat Airport and Bandaranaike Airport in Colombo. Additionally, Sri Lanka is also becoming a prime destination for tourists from Oman and the GCC. Therefore, working with its executive partners and competent authorities, OAMC considered it a priority to attract SriLankan Airlines to operate their direct flights to and from Muscat Airport. We were very proud to welcome the first direct flight of SriLankan Airlines yesterday, October 30, at 21:20.” Vote for Muscat’s cake in this week’s competition.