With the emergence of Salalah as an up-and-coming tourist destination and aviation hub,
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 International Airport to 14 regional destinations.
Should Salalah become a second center of operations for SalamAir, the airline will base part of its growing fleet there.
The airline just opened its first sales office in Salalah, the Governorate of Dhofar to reach more customers while providing them with a convenient product offering and a full suite of services. It carried 1.4 million passengers since the start of its operations. Of these, 600 thousand passengers were to and from Salalah.
Captain 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 Sultanate’s economic diversification strategy and growth potential, as well as spur key sectors like tourism, aviation
He added: “Oman boasts a world-class aviation infrastructure led by the recently opened 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 businesses with access to a wider and more competitive marketplace.”
The Captain concluded: “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.”