Thursday, 16 August 2018

Five new routes for Oman's budget airline

SalamAir, the low-cost carrier based at Muscat, Oman is introducing five new routes, starting tomorrow 17th August.

The airline is launching direct flights to Khartoum, Kathmandu, Najaf and Dhaka,  which the carrier hopes will take its development one stage further.  With the addition of these new routes, SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline is expected to carry over one million passengers before the end of 2018.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir said, “Our strategy is to provide affordable travel across our expanding network. The launch of our new destinations is yet another milestone in SalamAir’s young history. It allows us to continue providing our guests with exciting travel possibilities and budget-friendly rates.”

“Supported by our new aircraft order, SalamAir will continue to expand its network of destinations to meet the growing demand for budget travel in the Sultanate and region. We are offering our guests a convenient, flexible and reliable experience to a growing range of exciting destinations.” He said.

Khartoum will be the airline’s first African destination and first direct flight from the Sultanate to Sudan’s capital, while Kathmandu is the airline’s fifth Indian sub-continent destination. In addition, and in response to the high demand from the Oman, GCC and Indian subcontinent market, SalamAir will be flying four times a week to Iraq for the first time with the launch of service to Najaf.

Catering to this strategic growth, the airline recently announced the addition of six brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft to its growing fleet. It is expecting the delivery of one purchased Airbus A320neo by Q4 2018, and five leased Airbus A320neo by Q1 2019. The new A320neos are specifically customized for SalamAir to seat 180 guests, allowing more space and boosting comfort levels.

The airline has already built up an impressive route network in the region, it flies to 16 destinations including Muscat, Salalah, Suhar, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Shiraz, Tbilisi, Baku, as well as newly introduced Dhaka, Kathmandu, Khartoum and Najaf. 

Muscat – Khartoum starts tomorrow 17th August and will operate three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

On the 28th August, the airline will begin the Muscat – Dhaka route which is planned to fly four times each week. 

SalamAir has scheduled the Najaf route to start flying 4 times per week with effect from 9th September this year. 

The Muscat – Kathmandu service will start on 11th September and is scheduled for 4 times per week and the Muscat – Kuwait City will begin on 1st October 5 flights a week.  eff 01OCT18 5 weekly