Oman Air: Strategic changes to schedule during Khareef season

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With Khareef season just around the corner, Oman Air is heightening its flight frequencies between Muscat and Salalah to cater to increased demand.

During the Eid holidays, the airline ensured that as many travellers as possible were granted access to the country’s southernmost region, by introducing a further 5,100 seats between Muscat and Salalah from June 23 until July 2.

During Khareef season, which ends on September 21, the carrier will dramatically boost the number of services from nine to 13 each day. Capacity will increase by almost 57 per cent with 1,616 seats available daily, one way, compared to the standard 1,028.

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Khareef season is regarded as one of the most vital tourist seasons in the GCC region, with numerous locals, residents and tourists making their way to Dhofar to enjoy cooler climes, picturesque greenery, a forest-like environment and seasonal showers.

Last year, Dhofar embraced 653,000 visitors during the season, and this year figures are anticipated to grow by as much as 20 per cent.

Deputy CEO and chief commercial officer, Oman Air, Abdulrahman Al Busaidy remarked: “The increase in flights signifies our commitment to the citizens and residents of Oman as well as a growing number of international visitors who wish to enjoy the holiday season in Salalah along with their friends and relatives to experience the cool rains and unique beauty of the Khareef season.

“Last year Oman Air offered eleven flights a day with a capacity increase of 15,000 seats compared to the previous year; an increase that was very well received by our guests. This year with 13 daily flights we will offer even more choice and will operate a mixture of fleet including the award winning A330 and the Dreamliner,” he concluded.