Oman Air Eyes Lar Flights

Larestan International Airport announces three new routes, one of which to Oman.

Larestan International Airport, serving the city of Lar with around 60,000 inhabitants and its county Larestan with 270,000 inhabitants is situated in the Fars Province just 350 kilometres south-east of Shiraz.

The county has strong cultural ties to the Arab states in the Persian Gulf, mainly because of the noticeable historical migration. This has resulted in a big market for air travels between Lar and the Arab countries. Flights to Dubai are operated six times a week, equally shared by Iran Aseman Airlines and flydubai. In addition, Air Arabia serves Sharjah five times a week and Iran Air operates Doha and Kuwait once weekly each.

The airport director, Enayat Ansarifard, announced today that the airport is in talks with three air carriers to launch three routes. Oman Air, ATA Airlines and Naft Airlines are reportedly planning to launch flights to Muscat, Najaf and Kish Island respectively.

The three routes are targeting three different segments. ATA Airlines’ Najaf flights will be launched in connection to Arbaeen in late-November 2016 and currently, the airline is awaiting permission. The route will be operated three times by an A320 aircraft during the pilgrimage season.

Naft Airlines’ service to the tourist resort island Kish is set to be launched ‘in a short period of time’ with two weekly rotations operated by the Fokker 50.

The announcements biggest news was, however, Oman Air’s new Lar – Muscat route. The negotiations have ended and they route is in a preparation phase. Currently, Larestan is waiting for the Omani representatives to inspect the airport’s facilities ahead of the launch. It is worth noting that Oman Air already has specified the schedule and aircraft type for the Lar route. In June 2016, Oman Air launched its second route to Iran following Tehran, Mashhad.

Roughly 150 people fly from Lar to Muscat via Sharjah with Air Arabia’s flights, per week.

In September 2016, Oman Air changed the name of the Persian Gulf on the in-flight map due to complaints from its customers.


Photo: Oman Air