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Oman Air growth ‘strengthened by codeshare agreements’

Oman Air, the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, has said it will continue to strengthen codeshare agreements to maximize its post-pandemic growth trajectory.

The airline’s ongoing recovery calls for greater codeshare connectivity to offers passengers better connections and a wider choice of destinations from its hub in Muscat, a statement from the carrier said.

Oman Air has built a healthy network throughout the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent, as well as several cities in Europe, South Asia and Africa in recent years and is focused on growing additional connectivity to North and South America and Australia through codeshares with its 18 partner airlines.

These include Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Gulf Air, Royal Dutch Airlines KLM, Kenya Airways, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, SalamAir, Bangkok Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines and Egyptair.

Currently, Oman Air operates 46 codeshare sectors and markets an additional 219 codeshare sectors on six continents through its partners for a total of 265 sectors.

CEO Abdulaziz Al Raisi said: “Providing access to more destinations underpins our business operations and growth strategy as we gradually emerge from the global pandemic and look for new ways to offer our valued guests greater travel convenience and connectivity.

“Together with our codeshare partners, we continue to grow our network reach out of Muscat while offering reciprocal connectivity for passengers flying to the Sultanate of Oman. Strategic codeshare agreements make sense at a time when airlines around the world are facing tremendous challenges, and Oman Air understands that now, more than ever, seamless connectivity is a deciding factor for passengers when it comes to booking.”  

To date, Qatar Airways remains Oman Air’s biggest codeshare partner. In December 2020, the two carriers announced greater co-operation that would allow both airlines to expand commercial operations, boost connectivity and enhance travel options.

In November this year, they announced a reciprocal loyalty partnership whereby members of Oman Air Sindbad Programme and Qatar Airways Privilege Club can earn and redeem miles for travel on both airlines between Muscat and Doha in either direction.

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