(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- SalamAir is eying to connect Salalah with direct flights to Kuwait, Abu Dhabi in UAE and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
The move is subject to discussion with local authorities and stakeholders.
The airline currently flies 21 direct flights to Salalah from Muscat a week, as well as connects Muscat airport to 14 regional destinations. Should Salalah become a second centre of operations for SalamAir, the airline will base part of its growing fleet there.
SalamAir has opened its first sales office in Salalah to reach more customers, while providing them with a convenient product offering and a full suite of services. The airline carried 1.4mn passengers since the start of its operations. Of these, 600,000 passengers were to and from Salalah.
Capt Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir said, '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 world-class aviation infrastructure led by the new 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 businesse 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.'
Today, the SalamAir network consists of 14 destinations including Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Shiraz, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Dhaka, and Alexandria.