Daily Dhaka Times: Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman will operate daily flights between Muscat and Dhaka the capital of the two countries respectively from January, a senior official of the airline said on Wednesday.
“We will operate Dhaka flight every day from January and make it double from March as we observed huge potential of the route,” Oman Air Chief Operating Officer Abdullah Al Busaidy told at a press conference at a city hotel.
The press conference was organised to announce officially the launching of flight operations between Muscat and Dhaka, which was in fact started from October 25.
Since then the airline has been maintaining four flights a week to Dhaka on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. However the airline has been flying between Muscat and Chittagong over the last couple of years.
Oman Air is planning to expand its direct flights to Bangladesh by connecting Salalah and Sohar airports with Dhaka and Chittagong. Presently it flies between Muscat and Dhaka.
Salalah and Sohar will be connected with Bangladesh as many Bangladeshi expatriates are engaged in these two Omani cities, Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy, the airline’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) told reporters in Dhaka.
“Already our flights connecting Bangladesh and Muscat are full. And we are optimistic that it will grow,” he said.
“By March we will be having daily flights to Dhaka,” the COO added. Regarding the tourist visa issues for Bangladeshis to Oman, the official said that they are in talks with departments concerned in Oman and it will be resolved soon.
Mentioning that Bangladeshis are the fastest growing foreign nationals in Oman, he said currently six lakh Bangladeshi are working in Oman.
“Recently Oman government is recruiting more skilled manpower from Bangladesh especially engineers considering their more availability compared to Indians,” he Busaidy.
The Oman Airlines initiated its first Muscat-Dhaka flight on October 25 apart from its existing flights to Chittagong.
He said the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has recently increased flight frequency of Oman Air for both directions to 42 from 14 in a week.
“We would like to take the opportunity by increasing our flight numbers to Dhaka,” he said and adding that Bangladeshi passengers could easily travel to other destinations of Middle East and Europe via Muscat.
The increase of flight frequency was undertaken after the airline strengthened to 57 from 40 planes earlier. The airlines plans to increase its fleet to 7o aircraft by 2018.
Dhaka will be the airline’s second destination in Bangladesh, and the service will initially offer four flights per week on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Frequencies will increase from 1st of December 2015, with flights on Mondays and Wednesdays being added to the schedule .