Oman’s business and tourism will receive a shot in the arm as Gulf Air will introduce direct flights between Muscat and Paris in July.
The airline’s non-stop flights between Seeb International Airport and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday every week beginning July 1.
‘French tourists are believed to be the highest spenders in Oman. We believe there is a genuine demand for business and leisure between Oman and France that needs to be tapped into,’ says Gulf Air General Manager Oman Jaffar Juma.
According to news reports French are the highest spenders in Oman, with an average spending of 501 Omani riyals (US$1,300) per tourist per visit.
Gulf Air is already increasing its daily flights from Muscat to London from 27th March, 2006.
“Oman is currently experiencing robust growth across its business and tourism sectors. The Government of Oman is very keen to develop Oman as a major tourism destination and Gulf Air is proud to back the initiative with its non-stop flights,” says Mr Juma.
Oman, which is nestled at the bottom of the Arabian Peninsula is blessed by monsoon rains. The sultanate’s magnificent landscape, sandy beaches, forts, rugged mountain terrains and lush south are unmatched in the Gulf region.
‘Oman is one of our two owner states and the new flights are part of our business strategy to operate a smart airline and enjoy successful business,’ says Juma.
‘A key part of our operations is also to promote and boost the business and tourism of our owner states.’
Onboard, Gulf Air passengers will be able to enjoy the first class service that the award-winning airline has introduced, which include Sky Chefs, the world’s only Sky Nannies and new Business and First Class cabins.
The flight schedule, starting 1 July 2006, will be as follows:
Muscat to Paris Charles de Gaulle
GF 0029 departing 14:00 arriving 20:20
Paris Charles de Gaulle to Muscat
GF0028 departing 21:50 arriving 07:05