The move is topic to discussion with neighborhood authorities and stakeholders.
The airline at present flies 21 direct flights to Salalah from Muscat a week, as effectively as connects Muscat airport to 14 regional destinations. Should Salalah turn out to be a second centre of operations for SalamAir, the airline will base component of its expanding fleet there.
SalamAir has opened its very first sales workplace in Salalah to attain much more clients, whilst supplying them with a handy item supplying and a complete suite of solutions. The airline carried 1.4mn passengers given that the commence of its operations. Of these, 600,000 passengers have been to and from Salalah.
Capt Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir mentioned, “Salalah has the potential of being our hub, 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 country’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.”
He added, “Oman boasts a planet-class aviation infrastructure led by the new Muscat International Airport as effectively as the Salalah Airport. This is a extremely essential proposition for the whole nation to attract investment and make certain that sufficient capacity is produced to accommodate demand.
“Overall, this move will foster air transport development. It will also supply the finish user improved connectivity and lowered travel time, whilst supplying businesse with access to a wider and much 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.”
Today, the SalamAir network consists of 14 destinations which includes Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Shiraz, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Dhaka, and Alexandria.
Information Source: Muscat Daily