Salalah in Oman is growing in popularity rapidly among regional and international tourists, and in light of this, SalamAir is keen on connecting tourists to the city with direct services to Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, as well as its current flights to Sohar.
These developments will be subject to discussions with local authorities and stakeholders.
The Omani low-cost carrier offers 21 direct services to Salalah from Muscat each week and connects Muscat International Airport to 14 regional destinations. If Salalah becomes a second centre of operations for SalamAir, the carrier will base part of its growing fleet there.
SalamAir only recently launched its very first sales office in Salalah to reach more customers, while also providing them with a convenient product offering and a wide range of useful services.
Since its launch, it has transported a total of 1.4 million passengers, and of these, 600,000 passengers were flying to and from Salalah.
CEO, SalamAir, Captain Mohamed Ahmed commented: “Salalah has the potential of being our hub and it will enable us to take major strides to further expand our operations and network. We also want to achieve greater air connectivity for Oman, which is key to unlocking the Sultanate’s economic diversification strategy and growth potential, as well as spur key sectors like tourism, aviation and logistics in the process. Our decision will depend on the facilities that will be provided to make Salalah a hub.”
Ahmed continued: “Oman boasts a world-class aviation infrastructure led by the recently opened Muscat International Airport, as well as the Salalah Airport. This is a very important proposition for the entire country to attract investment and ensure that enough capacity is created to accommodate demand. Overall, this move will foster air transport growth. It will also offer the end user increased connectivity and reduced travel time, while providing businesses with access to a wider and more competitive marketplace.
“Direct international flights from Salalah will create additional demand and reflect positively on the local economy. In the future, we will consider flying direct to India from Salalah if we get the traffic rights,” he concluded.
SalamAir’s destination portfolio currently comprises 14 destinations including Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Shiraz, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Dhaka and Alexandria.
The airline became the first Oman-based carrier to acquire the new Airbus A320neo aircraft, while another five Airbus A320neo are expected to join its fleet during the first half of 2019.