Muscat: SalamAir has increased connectivity between Oman and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) destinations by launching non-stop flights to Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as four seasonal flights to Medina catering to Umrah travellers during the holy month of Ramadan.
This will be the airline’s second destination to the Kingdom after Jeddah. Return tickets to Riyadh and Medina are now available at special promotional fares.
Starting June 1, 2019, SalamAir will fly four times a week to Riyadh on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, departing Muscat at 10:25 a.m. arriving in Riyadh at 11:25 a.m.
Return flights will depart from Riyadh at 12:20 p.m. arriving in Muscat at 15:30. SalamAir’s four seasonal flights to Medina with return to Muscat will be on May 9, May 16, May 23 and May 28, 2019.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir said, “The Jeddah-Muscat route has been successful, and we look forward to expanding our network across the Kingdom by adding Riyadh and Medina. Saudi Arabia is a market poised for growth when it comes to the aviation sector. The country recorded 8 percent passenger growth in 2017 and 12 percent in 2018. Tourism and travel are becoming an increasingly influential sector in the Kingdom’s economic diversification strategy.”
The captain added, “For us at SalamAir, we continue to introduce more options when it comes to convenient and cost-effective travel. Our GCC network is expanding and we will continue with this strategy to meet the increased demand on these destinations for leisure and business travellers alike. Oman is a very popular destination for Saudis looking for short holidays and business travel and we are delighted to contribute in strengthening the relation between Oman and KSA.”
The SalamAir network currently consists of 17 destinations including Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Dubai, Doha, Jeddah, Karachi, Multan, Sialkot, Shiraz, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Dhaka, Alexandria, Kuwait, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
SalamAir recently became the first Oman-based carrier to take delivery of the new Airbus A320neo aircraft making it one of the earliest Middle East operators of the highly rated model. In addition to the delivered aircraft, another five Airbus A320neo are expected to join SalamAir’s fleet in 2019. A cost-conscious menu of additional services is also available to guests, which includes extra luggage allowance, as well as seat and meal selection.