Continued fleet and network expansion together with a renewed focus
on on-board services and developments will be a priority for Oman Air in
2017; ensuring the airline of the Sultanate of Oman continues to drive
up revenues, increases its growing contribution to the national economy
and delivers against its ten year development plan.


This message will be reiterated at Oman Air’s major global conference to be held in Muscat earlier.


Even in the context of increasing global volatility, economic
downturn and drastically reduced government support from over OMR 100
million to just OMR 20 million in 2016, Oman Air increased its
contribution to Oman’s GDP by six per cent last year to OMR 415 million.


This is projected to grow further to a staggering OMR 900 million in
2017; creating employment opportunities to Omani nationals, bringing
tourists to the Sultanate, building global connections and last but not
the least, supporting small and medium enterprises.


This positive contribution to Oman’s economy can only be achieved by
continuing to generate demand for Oman Air’s expanding network, fleet
and services.

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Continuing
to differentiate will be a key focus for the coming year to ensure the
airline maintains the positive revenue trajectory achieved over the last
two years.


Increasing global competition and pressure from other carriers makes
it imperative that Oman Air continues to stand out in an increasingly
crowded market place.


The airline has continued to prove its worth on the international
stage in 2016 with a raft of industry awards to add to its growing
collection.


Network developments are continuing apace in 2017 with the revised
flight agreement with the Government of India resulting in increased
frequencies to five of Oman Air’s 11 Indian destinations and news of a
new four times weekly flight from Muscat to Nairobi, Kenya to be
launched at the end of March this year.


Also a new daily flight to Manchester, UK starting from May 2017 and
the increase of services to Pakistan with the launch of a new Muscat to
Peshwar flight later in the year.