Muscat – SalamAir, Oman’s budget airline, plans to launch domestic flights to Duqm in Al Wusta Governorate as well as Masirah Island in southern Sharqiyah.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, confirmed in an interview with the Omani News Agency that the company had submitted a request to the relevant authorities to obtain approval for the two flights.
He informed that the company will receive an Airbus 321neo aircraft in February, increasing the size of its fleet to eight aircraft. The fleet, he said, boasts of the latest technologies that effectively help reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
“The new aircraft, which can accommodate 212 passengers and is equipped with luxurious seats, will contribute to the realization of the company’s expansion plan over the summer, in particular
as the company seeks to inaugurate new routes in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Turkey,” said Capt Ahmed.
He revealed that among the new summer destinations planned are Baku in Azerbaijan and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in addition to Osh and Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and Trabzon in Turkey, which will be throughout the year.
SalamAir is also studying the addition of a third site in Turkey and another in Eastern Europe, which will be announced soon, he said.
Captain Ahmed pointed out that SalamAir is focusing on launching new routes that will help achieve profitability and attract more tourists to the sultanate. “This will help support the national economy and implement Oman Vision 2040.”
He explained that the company has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, just like the rest of the airlines, but has been able to change its mode of operation according to changes in the aviation industry.
“We operated more charter flights and opened new routes, which not only helped reduce losses, but also delivered record profits,” said Capt Ahmed.
The airline carried more than one million passengers on 9,200 flights in 2021 with an occupancy rate of 71%.