Bangkok, 2 January 2017 – Oman Air, the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is preparing to increase its frequencies between Muscat and Bangkok. Joseph Cusmano, newly appointed Country Manager – Thailand of Oman Air, told ASEANflyer of the airline’s aim to increase its service on Bangkok route from 14 to 18 flights per week from April 2017 onward.
Moreover, Mr. Cusmano also revealed the airline’s plan to increase Muscat – Bangkok operations to 21 flights per week by October 2017 upon entering Winter 2017/18 schedule.
Mr. Cusmano said high demand on this route come from Omani passengers traveling to Thailand for their vacations and also medical treatment as the cost and facilities offered by hospitals in Bangkok is very attractive for Omanis and also Gulf nationals. The airline also carries significant amount of passengers, both Thais and European, traveling between Bangkok and Europe. Passengers can connect to Oman Air’s European destinations via its hub in Muscat. They are London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Milan and Zurich. The Omani national carrier also flies a lot of Thai Muslim pilgrims to Jeddah and Medina during the Hajj. The airline also has agreements with some airlines to carry passengers from Australia to Bangkok and connect with Oman Air’s flight to Muscat and other Middle Eastern cities.
Mr. Cusmano also stated that Bangkok is a very important market for Oman Air. Bangkok is the first destination in Asia which Oman Air started flying to 10 years ago. Currently, the airline sends the most modern aircraft in its fleets, Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Bangkok twice a day. However, the airline country manager stated that there is no plan for second destination in Thailand or connecting Bangkok with other Asian cities like Hong Kong at the moment citing lacking of aircraft.
On 16 December 2016, Oman Air hosted Appreciation Dinner for top agents and media for their full support and contribution to airline for whole year 2016. Mr. Cusmano expressed his appreciation for the supported received in 2016 from the trade customers and media and he looks forward to greater support and cooperation in 2017
In South East Asia, Oman Air also flies to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila with daily flight service.