Abu Dhabi’s Rotana Jet has launched flights between the UAE capital and the southern Omani city of Salalah, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
The UAE carrier will operate 23 return flights during the month of August and September between Abu Dhabi Al Bateen Airport and Salalah and will be to provide transport for those heading to the Salalah Tourism Festival, also known as the Khareef Festival, which will continue until late September.
For travellers from the UAE capital, flights will operate between Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi and Salalah on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Abu Dhabi - Salalah flights will depart Abu Dhabi Al Bateen Airport at 1530 hrs and arrive in Salalah International Airport at 1730 hrs. The return flights will depart Salalah International Airport on the same days at 1815 hrs and arrive in Abu Dhabi Al Bateen Airport at 1955 hrs.
"As a customer-driven airline, Rotana Jet is glad to facilitate this much needed connectivity between Abu Dhabi Al Bateen Airport and Salalah. Non-stop flights to Salalah offers passengers travelling from UAE with yet another unique holiday option to experience and we believe will create a wide range of new options for the tourism and business sectors,” said Rajendran Vellapalath, Rotana Jet's Commercial and Planning Director.
“Rotana Jet is gearing up for an year of expansion with new routes steadily opening up, keeping in line with our commitment to provide passengers with choice and great value," he added.
Passengers to Salalah will travel on a 50-seat Embraer aircraft.
The move comes just weeks after Rotana Jet launched $40 flights between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Priced from AED150 ($40.83) one way, tickets will be lower than the average cost of a taxi fare between the two cities, which start from around AED200.