11 Oman Air destinations are in loss- Futaisi

Feb 25th, 2018

Muscat (WAF): Out of Oman Air’s 49 destinations, 11 in loss while 24 are profitable, said Ahmed al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport of Communications, quoting a third-party study today.

“14 destinations are growing,” he added during a Majlis Al Shura session on Sunday.

The minister revealed information on a dispute between Oman’s two airliners, SalamAir and Oman Air, over the pricing of Muscat-Salalah fares. The tickets price dropped to 44 rials (for return tickets) which resulted in an “unhealthy competition”, according to al-Futaisi, who currently serves as the chairman of Oman Air.

He explained that SalamAir was about to stop its (Muscat-Salalah and Sohar-Salalah) flights after Oman Air reduced its fares to compete with the budget airliner, SalamAir. “We have ordered Oman Air to revise the reduction” al-Futaisi said.

He added that the ministry worked out an agreement to provide options to be offered by the two companies. “The prices now (for return tickets) range between 30 and 70 rials,” he said.

Reporting: Hassan Shaban

Editing: Fatma al-Arimi