Dubai: Oman Air will add two new destinations in India when it starts flight to Lucknow and Jaipur from 1 May and 1 June respectively.
Indian civil aviation authorities had been very tough in granting landing rights for new routes in the country to foreign carriers, but were “now easing a bit”, said Ziyad bin Karim Al Haremi, Oman Air CEO.
He said he was not “worried” about the emergence of low-cost carriers on the Oman-India sector offering cheap fares.
“They have created a different segment. They don’t affect us,” he said.
Al Haremi said: “Oman Air was planning to purchase a number of planes including Airbus 200/330, of which some would begin to operate in 2009.”
Procedures were going on to appoint a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on the issue, he added. Some of these will be used for long haul flights to places in Europe, Far East.
Haremi said the move to re-brand the airline’s image was especially aimed at bringing in more holidaymakers to the country as part of the government’s push to promote tourism.