The national carrier of Oman does not plan to bid for Air India, Mr. Paul Gregorowitsch, CEO of Oman Air said in a recent visit to the capital city. He said that right now the focus is on different priorities. Unlike how other Gulf carriers have invested in other airlines in India, Asia or Europe and have not been successful. They do not intend to participate for the Air India bid.
Mr. Paul while addressing the media also said that India has plans for open sky agreement with countries within a radius of 5,000 kilometers. If the current policy of the Indian government to consider an open sky agreement for the countries which are within 5,000 kilometers materialises in the next two years, then it will automatically provide us a more level environment.
An open sky pact allows the airlines from the two countries to have an unrestricted number of flights as well as seats to each other’s jurisdictions. Mr. Gregorowitsch claimed that according to the information he received in Oman, the move by Indian government could be implemented by 2020.
Oman Air first started its services in India in the year 1993 from Trivandrum. This year it has added 5,067 seats in summer and 1,821 seats for winter schedule. This year onwards Delhi, Calicut and Hyderabad will have 21 weekly flights each, and Lucknow 14 weekly flights. Starting 1st August 2017, Oman Air will introduce a third daily flight from Mumbai to Muscat. The total weekly flights will go up from 154 to 161.
Oman Air is entering into codeshare agreements with European carriers like KLM and Lufthansa which will enable passengers to and from India to fly seamlessly between India and Europe and beyond.