Oman Air cancels flights to Pakistan and Bangladesh, reduces frequency to India

The Gulf carrier cancelled operations to Islamabad, Lahore, Colombo and Chittagong but added Sialkot to its network

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Waheed Abbas

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Published: Mon 29 Jan 2024, 1:58 PM

Oman’s national carrier has revised its destinations and flight frequencies to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka as part of its plan to improve financial performance.

Oman Air said it cancelled operations to Islamabad, Lahore, Colombo and Chittagong but added the Pakistani city of Sialkot to its network.

On the Indian route, it will also reduce frequencies to certain markets while increasing capacity to two current destinations, Lucknow and Thiruvananthapuram.

In November 2023, Oman’s SalamAir announced the resumption of flights to five key Indian cities: Hyderabad, Calicut, Jaipur, Trivandrum, and Lucknow. The flights were stopped “due to the limitation of flight rights allocations to India.”

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Air routes between the Gulf countries and the Indian Subcontinent are among the busiest due to their proximity, as well as a large number of South Asian diaspora working in the Arabian Gulf countries.

In addition, Oman Air said three destinations will be operated on a seasonal basis: Trabzon during the summer season and Zurich and Malé during winter in line with the demand for passenger traffic.

“Oman Air has also introduced measures to optimise its schedule, starting this summer. To better cater to the Omani market and serve key flows in and out of Oman, flight times have been revised for several of its destinations, with emphasis on more favourable slots to offer greater convenience for direct passengers and maximise connection windows,” the Gulf carrier said.

The airline said it’ll embrace a strategy to adapt to changing market dynamics and opportunities to ensure maximum benefits for the country’s economy and social objectives.

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