Oman Air began flights to its second UK destination on 1 May – Manchester. Cutting the cake baked for the occasion were: Captain Ali Sulaiman, Oman Air; Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan; CEO of the airline, Paul Gregorowitsch; Lord Mayor’s Consort, Simon Austin-Behan; and SVP International Sales, Oman Air, Ihab Sorial.
- Oman Air began daily services from its Muscat (MCT) hub to Manchester (MAN) on 1 May. The service departs Muscat each day at 14:00 and arrives in the UK at 19:05. It then leaves Manchester at 20:45 and arrives in Oman at 07:20 the next day, with onward flights to 27 long-haul destinations within three hours’ connecting time. The route is operated by the airline’s A330-200s and is in addition to the double-daily flight from London Heathrow, making Manchester the only UK airport outside of London to have direct flights to Oman. Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO, Oman Air said: “The addition of this flight to and from Manchester is a pivotal development and demonstrates our commitment to the UK market. Oman Air is the only carrier operating direct flights to the Sultanate outside of London, offering British and Omani travellers the convenience of flying direct between the north of England and Muscat. Collette Roche, Deputy CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “It is pleasing to see Oman Air commence daily direct flights to Muscat from Manchester. As well as connecting these two cities, the route opens up access to the airline’s incredible onward connectivity across Asia and beyond. The fact this route in the UK can only be found at Manchester outside of London clearly showcases the role we play as a gateway for the North. We look forward to working with Oman Air as they grow from Manchester.” The route faces no direct competition on the 5,982-kilometre sector.