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Oman Air calls on PM Modi to offer more landing rights

Airline CEO Paul Gregorowitsch says Oman Air is losing out compared to carriers from other Gulf countries

Oman Air calls on PM Modi to offer more landing rights

Oman Air's CEO Paul Gregorowitsch has called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer the airline more landing rights in India.

The airline's top official said there was currently an imbalance in seat entitlements between India and Oman compared to airlines from other countries in the Gulf region.

In comments published by Indo-Asian News Service, Gregorowitsch said: "With the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi to the Sultanate of Oman, we hope that he will also carry additional landing rights for the national carrier of Oman as a gift to the Sultanate of Oman."

Gregorowitsch also said Oman was being "discriminated" against compared to seat entitlements given to airlines from Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

Following the recent launch of flights to Goa, the airline plans to start flights to China, and has its sights set on Iran too, he was quoted as saying.

"With the possible lifting of economic sanctions on Iran and the very strategic positioning of the Sultanate (of Oman), it could help find a bridge between the western nations and Iran," he added.

Earlier this year, Oman Air said it will achieve profitability by the end of 2017 after making cost savings of OR100 million ($259.7 million) over the next three years.

Gregorowitsch said profitability has always been an aim for Oman Air, adding that the time has now come for Oman Air to stop relying on the Government of Oman's financial backing.

The airline's loss in 2014 was OR110 million.

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