Oman, India sign agreement to increase weekly airline seat quota

Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has signed a bilateral air services agreement with its counterpart in India to increase 6,260 seats per week.

Weekly seats increased to 27,405

In a notice uploaded on its official Twitter account, the authority said that as per the agreement with India, the number of weekly seats were increased to 27,405 seats for both sides, compared with 21,145 seats a week earlier, an increase of 6,258 seats per week.

With the additional capacity, Oman Air will most likely fly to new Indian destinations – mainly Kolkata and Ahmedabad. It is also expected to further increase its frequency to 11 destinations it is already flying to.

The last bilateral agreement between Oman and India was signed in October 2015, where additional 5,131 seats were allotted for airlines of both countries, a report on Muscat Daily said.

Sunil V A, regional vice president, Oman Air, India, had stated, “We fly to 11 destinations in India and desire to make Kolkata the 12th. We hope to start operating from 2017. All our papers are ready and we are just waiting for the bilaterals to happen. This can take place by the end of this year, or early next year.

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“A lot of Bengalis stay in Oman. This flight will be a boon for them. Also, the out-bound traffic from Kolkata would get another carrier which can take them to European, African and other Arab nations.”

The airline currently has about 126 flights per week to Indian cities namely, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

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