Oman Air is continuing its ambitious expansion plans with a new Muscat to Manila flight, inaugurated on 2 December, and has taken delivery of new Boeing A330-300 and B737-900 aircraft.

Oman Air will receive 24 of these aeroplanes by 2018. This will increase their fleet strength to 50 aircraft.

The expanded fleet will be used to open new routes and increase frequency on existing ones. Planned routes include Jakarta from 12 December, and Singapore and Goa in 2015.

Despite posting losses of RO 113.3 million in 2013, and RO97.5m in 2012, Oman Air increased their passenger numbers by nearly 13 per cent, from 4,430,000 to almost 5 million, over the same period.

This is part of Muscat’s tourism strategy to increase revenues from the sector to 12 per cent of GDP, from the current 3 per cent. Oman is also expanding Sohar, Muscat and Salalah and Duqm airports.