The new service comes ahead of other new routes - to Casablanca, Morocco and Moscow, Russia - set to launch in July and October of this year respectively.
The Istanbul service will be operated by a Boeing B737-800 and will depart daily from Muscat to Istanbul Atatürk International Airport. With a flight time of five hours and 25 minutes, flight WY163 will depart Muscat daily at 20.00, arriving in Istanbul at 00.25. The return flight WY164 will depart Istanbul daily at 01.25, arriving in Muscat International Airport’s new passenger terminal at 07.25 (all times local).
Omanis travelling to Istanbul are eligible for visa on arrival and the airline’s holidays division has also created holiday packages offering tickets, hotel stay, airport transfers and excursions.
The new route between Oman and Turkey is anticipated to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, enhance trading and tourism prospects, and enables Oman Air’s guests to explore what the carrier describes as one of the world’s most thriving cities.