Oman Air inks pact with Cargolux for India cargo

Oman Air has signed a Letter of Intent with Cargolux Airlines International S.A. to enable the freight specialist to use Oman air’s facilities in Muscat, Salalah and Sohar. The agreement includes the launch of Cargolux’s full freighter services from Luxembourg to India via Oman on April 15. The formal signing of the pact will take place when the first Cargolux flight arrives in Muscat on April 16.
The agreement signifies Oman Air’s latest step in expanding its cargo operations. It follows earlier initiatives by the national carrier of the Sultanate, which includes the launch of the pan-GCC and pan-European trucking services, and a joint cargo service with DHL between Oman and Dubai.
Cargolux intends to increase the number of services it operates to Oman during 2015 to several flights per week, with onward connections to multiple Indian cities, including Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Additional services to cities in India are being considered and connections to China, Europe, Africa and the United States are also planned.
In addition, Oman Air will provide Cargolux with access to the freight capacity of its passenger fleet, which flies to 11 destinations in India and three in Pakistan, as well as to destinations in Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This will give the Luxembourg based carrier the opportunity to feed consolidated freight to Oman from a number of larger markets.