The Sultanate of Oman continues to drive Gulf Air’s performance for 2004.Ê Performance figures for the period from January to July 2004, just released by the national airline, show over 900,000 passengers flew to and from Seeb International Airport - an increase of 60 per cent on the same period last year.Ê The strong passenger performance has been significantly bolstered by the introduction of daily, direct service between Muscat and London, and Muscat and Karachi.
“Since the new London route was launched at the end of June flights have been near full capacity every day,” said James Hogan, Gulf Air’s President and Chief Executive.Ê “Given the popularity of this route and the fact Gulf Air operates more flights from Seeb International than any other carrier, we are confident our performance will remain strong throughout 2004.”ÊÊ
Gulf Air has also experienced a significant increase in its premium services, which the airline attributes to the range of innovative services it recently introduced to the Oman market. Customers on the London flights can expect Gulf Air’s full range of onboard services including the Sky Chefs service in the First Class cabin, the equivalent of a first class menu for Business Class passengers, Gulf Air’s unique Sky Nanny service in all cabins and a full line-up of new, in flight entertainment.Ê Another added benefit for travellers to and from Muscat is Gulf Air’s Luxury Car Transfer Service for its First and Business Class passengers.
“Clearly our strong performance in first seven months of this year demonstrates that the investment we have made in our services, frequencies and network connections are paying dividends,” added Mr. Hogan.Ê “Today Gulf Air service is second to none, and combines more than 50 years of experience with modern, innovative new ideas.”
Gulf Air is on track to carry in excess of seven million passengers across its 32 country, 50 city network, up from six million last year.Ê