As part of its plans to connect more destinations in India, Oman Air would start operating from the city from early next year.
“We are expecting to start operating from Kolkata from early next year. We are waiting for the nod from the Civil Aviation Ministry and hopefully we will get it soon. Kolkata is a potential market and we will be happy to start our operations from this city,” Oman Air Regional Vice President Sunil V A told PTI here.
In fact, besides, Kolkata, Oman Air is also planning to start operations from Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, he said.
Asked whether the commencement of the operations from the other two cities would be at the same time, the Oman Air official said, “Still the talks are on. The operations from these cities may start from the same time but we are surely going to operate from next year.”
At present, Oman Air is operating from 11 destinations in India with 126 flights every week, offering onward connections to a number of European and African cities.
Elaborating about the operations from the city, the Oman Air official said, “From Kolkata it (the operations) will be double daily basis to all points in India. We are planning to have flights to Europe and African nations also.
“And with the number of people from West Bengal working in Oman we think there will be a good response. And we are bringing the flights here because lots of Omanis come to India for education, health check up.”
Asked whether they have spoken to the state government, Sunil, who is part of a Oman Tourism delegation seeking to woo Indian tourists, said, “Once we finalise the operations we will have a word with them.”