Stopovers are the bane of any traveller’s existence – there’s nothing worse than being stuck in an airport for hours on end with nothing to do. It’s no surprise they want to develop their own tourism sector if you’re sitting around doing nothing.
With middle eastern airlines increasingly being used as a global transit hub, they are definitely making an effort to have you actually visit, rather than just connect. You only have to wonder where Doha would be without Qatar Airways, or where Dubai would be without Emirates.
It’s, therefore, no surprise that Oman Air has developed a campaign to encourage stopover visitors to visit Oman. Who are Oman Air you say? well…. as one of the lesser-known airlines in the middle east, it has much more of a boutique feel than their Gulf rivals. Not surprisingly, few know about its stopover program. The airline prides itself on serving traffic originating and departing in the country, but does offer onward connections that take advantage of its strategic location on the Arabian Peninsula.
In effect, Oman Air offers passengers travelling through Muscat to stay for up to three nights, with the airline picking up the tab for one night if at least two nights are booked. With no current service to the Americas, Oman Air primarily serves passengers travelling between Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.