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British Airways launches new direct flights to Oman

British Airways is launching a new non-stop service to Oman from 30 October, which will fly from London Heathrow to Oman’s capital Muscat five times a week, cutting the flight time to just over seven hours and making it a more attractive mid-haul winter sun destination.

British Airways launches new direct flights to Oman

As Oman’s popularity as a tourist destination continues to rise, British Airways (BA) has announced it will begin flying direct between London Heathrow and the Oman capital, Muscat five times a week from the end of October 2016.

The new service launching this autumn will mark the first time British Airways has flown directly to Oman in its 45 years servicing the route. The move comes as the country rapidly expands its tourism industry with the opening of a number of new hotels along its Arabian Gulf coastline, as well as issuing dozens of new licenses for tourism projects and local tour operators.

The non-stop service will fly from Heathrow Terminal 5, taking around seven hours to reach its destination at Muscat International Airport. Previously, the route included a stop at Abu Dhabi international airport that added considerable time to the flight.

Removing the Abu Dhabi stop on the service will reduce the journey time from nine hours and 45 minutes to seven hours and 15 minutes, making Oman a more appealing mid-haul destination especially during the winter when temperatures on the Arabian Peninsula hover in the mid-twenties.

BA will operate its Boeing 777 aircraft on the route with four cabin class options – First, Club World (British Airways’ Business class), World Traveller Plus and World Traveller (British Airways’ economy class). Flights to Muscat with British Airways are currently on sale from £369 return, including all taxes and charges.

“This is a significant development for British Airways as we approach the 45th anniversary of this important regional route. We anticipate the non-stop service will be popular with our customers seeking faster connections.”

Commented Paolo De Renzis, British Airways’ Head of Sales for the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

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