(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat -
Oman Airports has announced that Salalah welcomed the first flight of SalamAir from Kuwait and the first direct flight from Etihad Airways.
SalamAir said via its Twitter account that Salalah Airport received its first flight from Kuwait to Salalah in the presence of Salim bin Awad al Yafei, deputy CEO of Salalah Airport and other executives from Oman Airports, Ministry of Tourism, Dhofar Municipality and SalamAir.
Salalah Airport also welcomed the first direct flight from Etihad Airways. The airline will be operating four weekly scheduled flights from Abu Dhabi to Salalah until September.
Etihad has confirmed that it will fly to Salalah four times per week between July 2 and August 31, the peak of the khareef season. The flights, to be operated with two-class Airbus A320 aircraft, will depart Abu Dhabi at 8.05am every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, arriving at 10am, and enabling guests to begin their break by early afternoon.
Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said, 'Salalah is one of the most sought-after destinations in Oman, and khareef is an amazing season in which to visit. The green mountains and flowing waterfalls are rare and beautiful in this region; it's less than two hours flying time from Abu Dhabi. Our new seasonal flights provide a great opportunity to experience this extraordinary destination at one of the best times of the year, either for a short break or an extended period.'
The number of visitors to Salalah during the tourist season 2018, between June 21 and September 21, reached 826,376, recording a rise of 28.1 per cent over the number of visitors of the season in 2017, when it was 644,931.