Oman Air launches Manila-Muscat flights

by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 03 2014 04:59 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2014 12:59 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Oman Air launched its flights between Manila and Muscat on Tuesday.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Oman Air chief executive officer Paul Gregorowitsch said the airline is mulling the possibility of increasing its flights to the Philippines to seven times a week.

Oman Air initially offers two flights a week from Muscat to Manila, with a third frequency being operated from December 13.

"We are highly confident that we can not only operate three times or four times a week but the daily operations will have economic viability," he said.

He said the airline initially wants to have four weekly flights to Manila, and later have a daily service that would include other airports in the Philippines.

"This would soon be expanded given the bilateral agreements and approvals from the government of the Philippines to travel daily between Manila and Muscat," Gregorowitsch said.

Gregorowitsch said the airline expects more passengers during the holiday season, especially with the significant Filipino population in Oman. There are around 33,000 OFWs in the country.

"Many people from the Philippines working and living in the Middle East are using this opportunity to take advantage of our attractive fares," he said.

A two-way Economy Class ticket from Manila to Muscat is priced from 315 Omani rials (around $820 or P36,617), while a two-way Business Class ticket is priced starting from 890 Omani rials (around $2,300 or P103,457). The fares include taxes and charges.