Passengers flying on Air India from Muscat can now carry up to 40 kgs of baggage to all direct and indirect destinations, a top official from the airline said.
Amresh Choudhary, country manager of Air India, told Times of Oman that the airlines will also be adding three more flights to the existing ones to south Indian destinations from October 26.
“We will offer 40 kgs as check-in baggage allowance for every adult and child passenger travelling to all direct and indirect destinations ex-Muscat. For example, in case of a passenger travelling from Muscat to Goa, Lucknow or Jaipur, his baggage allowance will be valid until his hometown, subject to the fact that he is only transiting via Mumbai or any of our other online destinations,” Choudhary said.
The offer is valid on tickets purchased on or from September 1 to 30 and is valid for travel during the same period.
The airlines currently offers 30 kgs free baggage allowance for every adult or child irrespective of point of sale or from which direction the journey is originating.
Apart from this, the airline also offers 7 kgs of free hand baggage. The average excess baggage cost per kg is between OMR3 and OMR4.
“Under this scheme our passengers will gain up to OMR40 in line with their new baggage allowance per ticket,” he said.
With 24 flights a week, the airline offers daily direct flights to Delhi and Chennai apart from Mumbai and thrice weekly to Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Meanwhile, to cash in on the rush in the winter season, Air India Express, the airline’s budget carrier, will add three more flights.
“From October 26, one flight each to Mangalore, Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram will be added from Muscat. With this, at least 550 extra seats can be created,” he said.
According to the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), passenger arrivals in Muscat rose 6 per cent to 2,523,637 until July this year against 2,384,252 in the same period in 2013.