SalamAir was the initial airline to operate from Sohar when they launched the route in July 2017 to cater to vacationers from Batinah seeking to appreciate the cooler climate in Salalah throughout the khareef season. Over the course of 5 months, the airline flew more than 22,000 guests in between two of Oman’s important cities for enterprise, leisure and family members reunion.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, SalamAir CEO, mentioned, “Our objective has usually been to make travelling simpler and much more handy. By reinstating our direct Salalah-Sohar route, we have decreased the journey by much more than two hours avoiding the travel time to Muscat. Our guests asked us for much better timings this was not feasible in the previous due to some evening limitations, but I would like to thank each Oman Airports and Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) for their added work to eradicate these limitations and approve our new handy schedule.
“Due to their strategic locations and access to sea, both Sohar and Salalah are important drivers of the country’s national strategy. It is therefore our responsibility, as Oman’s budget airline, to help facilitate transportation and increase connectivity between the two cities that will in-turn yield greater economic returns for the country.”
Captain Ahmed explained that this is just the starting for this route and that SalamAir has plans to boost the frequency of its flights to every day throughout the khareef season. SalamAir has cautiously selected the timings of its flights in between Salalah and Sohar to accommodate operating hours. Flying twice weekly, its outbound trips from Salalah International Airport will depart at three.45pm on Thursdays and Saturdays, whilst return flights from Sohar will depart at six.15pm.
Information Source: Muscat Daily