Oman Air to resume Maldives service in October
Oman Air on Sunday announced plans to resume its service to the Maldives this October.
In a statement, the national carrier of Oman said flights to the Maldives will recommence for the 2018-19 winter season from October 28, with flights from Muscat to Male on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the flight from Maldives to Muscat on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The service will be operated by the new Boeing 737 aircraft, it added.
“We are delighted to be resuming our Maldives route and look forward to welcoming our valued Oman Air guests on board our latest Boeing 737 aircraft. We thoroughly encourage our friends from Europe and the rest of our network, flying to the Maldives to stop over and explore Oman en route. Our new Maldives service offers holidaymakers the perfect opportunity to explore Muscat, the metropolitan capital of Oman before escaping to the beautiful shores of the Maldives,” Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi, CEO of Oman Air, was quoted in a statement, as saying.
Meanwhile, Sun Travels and Tours has been appointed the General Sales Agent for Oman Air in the Maldives. The office will be located at the new Sun Siyam Building, the corporate headquarters of Sun Travels and Sun Siyam Resorts, on Boduthakurufaanu Magu in capital Male.
The relaunch of the Maldives service comes at an exciting time, as Oman Air recently started their flights to Istanbul in June with operations scheduled to Casablanca in July and Moscow in October. Oman Air continues to be recognised for its award winning on board experience, winning an array of industry awards to add to its growing collection.
Oman Air currently operates a network of 50 destinations in 27 countries out of its primary hub at Muscat. The airline’s fleet consists of four Boeing 787-8, three 787-9 Dreamliners, six Airbus 330-300s, four Airbus 330-200s, five Boeing 737-900s, 21 Boeing 737-800, four Embraer 175s and two 737 MAX, with plans to add five new MAX aircraft and three 787-9s by the end of this year.
Despite falling numbers, Middle East remains as one of the major emerging source markets for the Maldives tourism industry. Official figures show that 49,193 tourists visited the Maldives from Middle Eastern countries last year, a 4.2 percent decrease over the 51,330 the year before.
However, the Middle East market has recorded a slight growth in the first five months of this year, as arrivals grew 1.5 percent to reach 18,564 from 18,282 in the same period last year.
Maldives has ramped up tourism promotion in Middle East. Stakeholders of the tourism industry, including government and non-governmental organisations, have held exclusive events in Saudi Arabia and other key Arab source markets.