Oman Air are today launching a second daily service between London Heathrow Airport and Muscat, the Oman capital, using a pair of flight slots recently purchased for a record-breaking fee.
The slot pair was purchased for US$75 million in a deal with Air France, KLM and Kenya Airways in February (Source: Sunday Times), breaking the previous record of $60 million paid by American Airlines to SAS in 2015.
Heathrow’s unique capacity constraints – its operating at 98% capacity – coupled with the high demand from airlines due to strong passenger yields at the airport, mean slots are hard to obtain.
It’s estimated that due to demand from airlines and passengers to use the airport, far outstripping supply, passengers are already paying on average £95 more per a return ticket then if Heathrow had extra capacity*.
Oman Air’s services from Heathrow
With the new pair of slots Oman Air will now operate the following daily schedule to and from Heathrow:
WY101 Muscat to London Heathrow departing 2:00pm, arriving 7.05pm (Terminal 3)
WY102 London Heathrow to Muscat departing 8:50pm, arriving 7.20am (+1 day) (Terminal 3)
WY103 Muscat to London Heathrow departing 1:25am, arriving 6.30am (NEW, Terminal 4)
WY104 London Heathrow to Muscat departing 8:25am, arriving 6:50pm (NEW, Terminal 4)
More about Oman Air…
Oman Air is the flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman and an Official 4 Star Airline (Skytrax 2011). Founded in 1993, the airline has since witnessed massive growth and has played a major role in making Muscat an important traffic hub in the Middle East, supporting the commercial, industrial and tourism sectors.
The airline currently operates direct international flights from Muscat to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madina, Tehran and Kuwait, in the Gulf region, as well as Cairo, Beirut and Amman within the wider Middle East region.
In addition, Oman Air flies to eleven destinations in India (Goa, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Jaipur); Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh; Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan; Kathmandu in Nepal; and Colombo in Sri Lanka. The airline also flies to the Maldives, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Zanzibar and Dar Es Salaam. Its European destinations are London, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Zurich.
Oman Air’s fleet consists of around 57 aircraft, rising to 70 aircraft by 2020.
Source: Oman Air
The capital of the Sultanate of Oman is a cosmopolitan city with a distinct flavour of its own – a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. For the adventurous, it offers everything from dune bashing to deep-sea diving and calm and pristine beaches for those who want to unwind at leisure.
In addition to the authentic Arabian spread, varied international cuisine is also available to indulge every palate. With bustling shopping malls and theme parks for children, it’s a perfect holiday destination for your family.
Source: Oman Air