Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, will start flying directly to Nairobi today. The airline will fly 4 times weekly from Muscat to Nairobi.

The inaugural flight will land today at 1855 hours in Nairobi after leaving Muscat at 1450 hours. The five hour flight will be operated by a Boeing 737-800 and will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The return flight from Nairobi, will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and will leave at 0045 hours and arrive in Muscat at 0650 hours.

The airline is targeting those travelling to and from the Middle-East with the new route. This will include those connecting to African destinations, through a partnership with Kenya Airways. They will also target those transiting to the Far East, Indian Subcontinent, Europe and GCC countries through Oman.

There’s also trade element in the decision to launch the Nairobi according to Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President, Commercial. According to him “Trade between Kenya and Oman has been growing steadily over the years and I hope this new flight will facilitate the increase in bilateral trade and investment opportunities”.