By Andy Sambidge
UAE-based lowcost carrier says it will expand services to Salalah from May 8
UAE-based low cost carrier Air Arabia has announced that it plans to increase flights to Salalah in Oman from the carrier's primary hub in Sharjah.
Effective from May 8, the airline said it will offer three flights per week, an addition of one flight to the existing schedule.
Air Arabia will offer new services to Salalah on Wednesdays, the airline said in a statement.
"We are pleased to expand services to Salalah after launching services to this unique city less than a year ago," said, Adel Ali, Group CEO, Air Arabia.
"Our customers enjoy access to the extensive destination network of our carrier and the highest quality service possible, and today's announcement is a direct result of that commitment.
"As demand soars for Air Arabia's value for money services, we will continue to further expand our network in the Arab world and beyond, providing customers with a wider choice for value air travel."
Salalah is a popular tourist destination due to the natural attractions and its seasonal weather, locally known as "Khareef."
Salalah includes a distinctive natural diversity where the coast blends with the mountains and the desert in wonderful harmony.
In February, Air Arabia said that its passenger numbers in January represented the highest monthly total since it began operations.
The airline said it lifted a total of 492,847 passengers in the month, an increase of nearly 15 percent compared to a year earlier.
Air Arabia said it witnessed a steady increase in passenger numbers in 2012. Last year, the low-cost pioneer carried 5.3 million passengers, an increase of over 13 percent compared to 2011.