Two cake-cutting ceremonies took place at Muscat and Salalah airports to mark the start of Oman Air services to Nairobi in Kenya and Kozhikode in India. While the former city pair will be flown four times weekly, the latter will be flown on a daily basis.
- Oman Air launched its four times weekly flights from Muscat (MCT) to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (NBO) on 27 March. On the same day, the carrier began a daily flight between Salalah (SLL) and Kozhikode (CCJ), adding to Oman Air’s existing operations to the Indian city from Muscat. The five-hour service to Kenya, operated by its 737-800 fleet, departs Muscat at 14:50 and arrives in Nairobi at 18:55. From Nairobi the flights will depart the following day at 00:45 and arrive in Oman at 06:50. The airline is growing its weekly capacity to India with frequencies increasing on five of its key Indian destinations. Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad increase from twice-daily to three times daily. Kozhikode increases from daily to three times daily, and Lucknow increases from daily to twice-daily. Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch, 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 Kozhikode. Our valued guests who want to travel between Salalah and Kozhikode can 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.” The three and a half hour flight, again operated by its 737-800 fleet, departs Salalah at 00:40 and arrives in India at 05:50. The return flight leaves Kozhikode at 06:40 and arrives in Oman at 08:40. While the sector to Kenya faces no direct competition, the rotation to India will encounter Air India Express’ weekly service. Vote for Salalah’s cake in this week’s Cake of the Week Public Vote.