Oman Air's bold moves bring traffic growth despite stormy 2017

Oman Air's bold moves bring traffic growth despite stormy 2017
Oman’s national carrier saw passenger numbers in 2017 grow to over 8.5 million, a 10.9 percent increase from figures the year before.
Published: 9 January 2018 - 5:52 a.m.
By: Shayan Shakeel

Traffic on Oman Air has grown significantly, the carrier announced, a year after low yields weighed heavily on annual results.

Oman’s national carrier saw passenger numbers in 2017 grow to over 8.5 million, a 10.9 percent increase from figures the year before.

The airline more than doubled the number of flights it operates to 68,457 from 30,978 in 2016.

Despite posting its worst returns a year earlier, the airline continued to grow its network with new destinations, took in a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, offered major discounts on ticket fares and confirmed it plans to order more aircraft.

Having to be aggressive to achieve growth has been key to overcome challenges that continue to persist.

In a year that saw the launch of a new carrier in the country, Oman Air also saw its CEO Paul Gregorowitsch step down in what many viewed as a surprise announcement.

However, growth will come if the airline sticks to its original plan, acting CEO, Eng. Abdulaziz Al Raisi said earlier in the year: “We’re adding new aircraft to keep up with the expansion programme.”

Source: ArabianBusiness

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