By Shane McGinley
High demand results in 163 extra summer flights on the Muscat-Salalah route
Oman Air, the sultanate’s flagship carrier, said it saw a 40 percent year-on-year rise in the number of passengers carried on its domestic route between Muscat and Salalah and had added an extra 163 scheduled flights between August 19 and September 8.
The airline flew 50,000 passengers during the months of August and September 2012 on the Salalah/Muscat route, an increase of 20,000 passengers compared to the same period in 2011, the airline told the Oman News Agency.
The extra demand resulted in the average seat factor on the route rising to 88 percent for the period.
As a result the national carrier operated 163 extra flights on the domestic route between August 19 and September 8, in addition to the 226 scheduled services. This resulted in an extra 22,500 more seats than the same period of last year.
“Oman Air has increased the number of flights to meet strong demand not only as a result of the traditionally busy Eid period, but also due to families returning home after enjoying a well-earned break in Salalah as the schools in the region re-opened after the long annual summer holidays,” said Wayne Pearce, CEO of Oman Air.
Oman Air said in June the first five months of 2012 has been the most successful in its history. The airline said net passenger revenue grew by 28 percent compared to the same period last year. Passenger numbers also grew by 19 percent, the carrier said in a statement.
Oman Air's cargo revenue increased by 47 percent for the January to May period while cargo tonnage increased by 33 percent.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.