Oman Air is launching flights on March 27 via a Boeing B737-800NG that will leave Muscat every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 1450 hours local time and are scheduled to land in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi at 1855 hours local time.
The return flights are then leaving at 0045 hours the following day, i.e., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, landing at 0650 hours, in time for connections into the fast-growing international and regional network of the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman.
Mr. Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, the Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President – Commercial, said when confirming the new destination: “This new Oman Air route to the Kenyan capital Nairobi is a significant development for both countries. Trade between Kenya and Oman has been growing steadily over the years, and I hope this new flight will facilitate the increase in bilateral trade and investment opportunities. We are committed to ensuring that our guests have greater choice and the opportunity to discover new destinations with Oman Air, and we are delighted to be offering thousands more business and leisure travelers the opportunity to travel between Oman and Kenya and beyond.”
Hopes by the Kenya coast tourism fraternity that the flights might route via Mombasa, however, were not fulfilled, largely due to the hurdles the Kenyan authorities placed in the way of foreign airlines to land in Mombasa.
In a related development, Oman Air last year leased two of Kenya Airways’ Boeing B787 Dreamliners, while Kenya’s national airline is undergoing restructuring and financial consolidation.