Panjim, April 6: Goa’s Tourism minister Shri Dilip Parulekar today welcomed the first official flight from Muscat to Goa by Oman Air which landed at Goa Airport, Dabolim on Monday afternoon. As many as 139 passengers were on board the official maiden voyage from the Middle East. A large delegation of officials from Oman were on the flight to Goa and were greeted by Goa Tourism Minister and other officials. Shri Ameya Abhyankar – Director of Tourism was also present on the occasion.
Oman Air will operate four direct flights from Muscat to Goa every week which is part of their mega expansion plans for operations to India. The national carrier of Oman first flew in on March 29, 2015 and had three trial flights to Goa followed by the official launch here today. Tourism minister of Goa, Shri. Dilip Parulekar said, “We are extremely enthralled by the response received for the direct flight to Goa and are confident that we will have flights landing in four times a week with full capacity.”
“Oman and Goa have a lot in common as far as tourism is concerned and Goa warmly welcomes visitors to the State to experience monsoon tourism, raindrop tourism, wellness tourism and a lot more,” Shri Parulekar said. It also provides air travellers from India’s eastern coast opportunities to visit Oman and experience the country’s culture and hospitality.
The tourism minister today welcomed a large contingent of officials from Oman which consisted of the CEO of the Public Authority of Civil Aviation, H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al Zaabi, the CEO of Oman Airports Management Company, Mr. Said Al Zadjaly, the Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to India, H.E. Sheikh Hamed Bin Saif Al Rawahi and the CEO of Oman Air, Mr. Paul Gregorowitsch.
Other officials from Goa Tourism included Shri. Brijesh Manerkar – OSD Dept. of Tourism, Ms. Bernadetta De Souza – GTDC’s GM Admn Yogesh Naik GTDC’s (Manager Mktng)