By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier says number of flights to both destinations will be expanded shortly after launch later this year
Oman Air has announced plans to launch new services from Muscat to Manila in the Philippines, and Jakarta in Indonesia in December.
The carrier said in a statement that Manila flights will start on December 2, offering two flights a week initially before being expanded to three on December 13.
Jakarta services will begin on December 12, with three flights per week initially, with a fourth frequency being operated from January 2.
Flights to both destinations will depart Muscat around midday and arrive at their destinations in the early morning of the following day, the airline said.
Oman Air's Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gregorowitsch, said: "Oman Air is pleased to be offering, from December this year, two outstanding new services from our home base in Muscat.
"These exciting cities each offer travellers a fascinating view of their countries' vibrant cultures and we are very confident that they will prove popular with visitors from Oman and further afield.
"In addition, both Manila and Jakarta are important commercial Centre's and we anticipate strong demand from business travellers, underlining Oman Air's commitment to supporting positive trade relations between Oman and other nations."
The company said it has started to sell tickets to both destinations ahead of the December launch.
The announcement of Oman Air's new services comes ahead of the arrival of the first of 24 aircraft that the airline currently has on order.
Oman Air's current fleet of 30 aircraft will be joined by three Airbus A330s and 15 Boeing B737s, as well as six Boeing B787 Dreamliners.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.