Goa Tourism welcomes first official direct flight from Muscat to Goa


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  include  Shri. Brijesh Manerkar – OSD Dept.  of Tourism,  Ms. Bernadetta  De Souza – GTDC’s GM Admn  and Yogesh Naik  GTDC’s (Manager Mktng).