Oman's SalamAir launches service to Saudi city of Taif from Salalah

Oman Saturday 10/June/2017 18:40 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman's SalamAir launches service to Saudi city of Taif from Salalah

Muscat: Oman’s first budget airline – SalamAir – has launched flights to Taif in Saudi Arabia from Salalah.
Confirming this, Francois Bouteiller, CEO of SalamAir, said that the Salalah-Taif-Salalah flight was launched on Thursday.
“We will launch Salalah-Sohar-Salalah flights after Ramadan. We shall communicate on the exact date soon,” Bouteiller added.
Taif is a city in the Mecca province of southwest Saudi Arabia and is only a few hours’ drive from Jeddah.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an important extension to SalamAir’s network to meet the strong demand for low cost travel,” a travel agent in Muscat said, adding that “these new flights will open new tourism, trade and investment opportunities, contributing to the Omani economy by attracting more tourists and business travellers and in turn spur the creation of employment opportunities in the Sultanate.”
The opening up of the Sohar airport will once again help the people of North Al Batinah governorate fly. Oman Air closed down its route. “We believe that tourism and investment will grow with the new flights,” according to business leaders based in Sohar.
Sohar airport was opened by Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, as part of 44th National Day celebrations in November 2014, and Oman Air operated an inaugural flight to mark the official opening.
Residents of Sohar said a lot of people travel to Salalah from Sur, especially during khareef season. “This Salam Air flight will help them,” Mohammed Al Balushi, a resident of Sur said.
Khareef visitors to Salalah spent OMR65,663,911 in 2016, a growth of 30 per cent over OMR50,421,425 they spent in 2015, according to the bulletin issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information.
The bulletin added that the expenditure on leisure constituted 91.3 per cent or about OMR60 million of the total expenditure compared to 4.9 per cent on business tourism.