Oman possesses a sprawling territory along the Arabian Sea, which includes major port cities and villages. A growing ground transportation network connects them all, and while bus services are available, a large percentage of foreign tourists rent cars.
Oman’s car ferries connect its many islands and the enclave of Musandam (in the far north and surrounded by the UAE) to the rest of the country. They offer visitors the opportunity to travel to places such as Diba and Masirah Island with ease.
Because of its long coastline and fascinating ports, Oman is a regular stopover point for many cruise lines. Alternately, many choose to hop on a picturesque Dhow and visit the coast and Oman’s islands in this way.
When it comes to flying, Muscat International Airport is the largest in the country. It is the main access point for most people inside and outside the country. Modern, vast and recently renovated, it hosts daily flights from the Gulf, Asia and Europe, as well as domestic flights, including those of the Omani national airline, Oman Air. Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Emirates and Gulf Air are among the other airlines offering flights to the Oman. Smaller regional airports are located in Salalah, Ad Duqm, Sohar and Ras Al Hadd. For travellers wanting to travel to Khasab (the largest city in the northernmost governorate of Musandam), Salalah, or Duqm, travelling by air is generally preferable to driving, due to the distance of these cities from Muscat.
Oman Air debuts its first US codeshare flights to NYC & Miami – via Italy
Oman Air has taken a major step forward in its growth and service, debuting its first codeshare flights connecting Oman and the USA, which streamline travel from Muscat to New York and Miami, via Milan, through its partnership with Air Italy.
Oman Air operates 10 round-trip flights each week to Milan’s Malpensa Airport, with daily service to the Italian city. Air Italy offers daily round-trip flights from Milan to New York and 6 flights per week from Milan to Miami, all using Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft.
Additional US destinations, which are expected to be announced in the coming months, are anticipated to be added in time for the summer season.
Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Oman Air CEO commented: “This is a noteworthy development for Oman Air and an excellent way to start another strong year for the Sultanate’s airline. These flights make it considerably quicker and easier for our guests to reach these popular US destinations and for people in these cities to visit Oman.
“We look forward to welcoming more business and leisure travellers to the Sultanate and help our guests rediscover the joys of travelling – in style to and from these international centres of trade, tourism and culture”.
Under the initial agreement, which was established in December, 2019, Air Italy’s “IG” code was placed on Oman Air’s flights between Milan Malpensa and Muscat. At the same time Oman Air put its “WY” code on Air Italy flights between Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Cagliari (Sardinia), Palermo and Catania (Sicily) and Lamezia Terme (Calabria).
Oman goes “quietly and cleanly” to London
Oman Air has once again been recognised as the one of the cleanest and quietest airlines serving London’s Heathrow Airport. Oman Air flies the B787 Dreamliner to England 3 times a day, with 2 flights to London Heathrow and 1 flight to Manchester.
Photo: Oman Mountain road from Nizwa to Wadi Bani Awf