Oman Air increases flights to Salalah with onset of khareef
As the khareef season picks up in the southern parts of the sultanate, Oman Air is catering to the increased demand by adding to its frequency and capacity between Muscat and Salalah.
This latest schedule development enabled many Oman Air guests to get away and enjoy Oman’s southern most region during the holiday period, stated a press release.
During the Eid holiday period from June 23 to July 2 Oman Air offered an additional 5,100 extra seats between Muscat and Salalah.
During the khareef season (July and August), Oman Air will further increase the number of daily flights from nine to 13 departures daily. Capacity will increase by nearly 57 per cent with 1,616 seats available daily, one way, compared to the standard 1,028 in the normal schedule.
The khareef season, which begins every year on June 21 and ends on September 21, is considered to be one of the most important tourist seasons in the Gulf as the weather is much cooler than in the rest of the region. Many citizens, residents, and tourists, flock to Dhofar, sometimes referred to as ‘Oman’s best kept secret’, as it is the only region in the GCC where visitors can enjoy greenery, a forest-like environment and seasonal showers.
In 2016, Dhofar welcomed 653,000 visitors during khareef and it is anticipated that this year figures could grow by as much as 20 per cent, facilitated by the new flights and additional hotel accommodation now available in Salalah.
Abdulrahman al Busaidy, deputy CEO & chief commercial officer, Oman Air, said, “The increase in flights signifies our commitment to the citizens and residents of Oman as well as a growing number of international visitors who wish to enjoy the holiday season in Salalah along with their friends and relatives experiencing the cool rains and unique beauty of the khareef season. Last year, Oman Air offered 11 flights a day with a capacity increase of 15,000 seats compared to the previous year; an increase that was very well received by our guests. This year with 13 daily flights we will offer even more choice and will operate a mixture of fleet including the award-winning A330 and the Dreamliner.”
Salalah Airport has recently been redeveloped and the new airport opened in 2015; it is Oman’s secondary airport and last year it welcomed over 1,198,000 passengers. This figure will continue to grow through its planned phases of expansion and runway development.