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Budget carrier SalamAir to operate from Muscat Airport

No frills airline to start operations by end-year from renovated terminal in Omani capital

Budget carrier SalamAir to operate from Muscat Airport
Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, CEO of parent company ASAAS and chairman of SalamAir.

The refurbished Muscat International Airport terminal is likely to be the hub for Oman’s low-cost airline SalamAir, according to a news report.

“I’m informed that they are going to refit the existing terminal and use it for the new low-cost airline in the country,” Mark Rudman, acting project director, Hill International, told Oman Observer.

“There is infrastructure to enable us to (use roads) between both terminals (existing and new), and logically it’s still part of the airport which can still be used,” he stated at a key forum held in the city recently.

The renovated terminal will come into operation later in 2017.

The no-frills airline is likely to begin operations before year-end, starting with daily flights between Muscat and Salalah.  Commencing services with a fleet of three A320s, the carrier is expected to bolster its fleet size as it expands its regional footprint.

US-based Hill International, a global engineering and construction risk management firm, is providing consulting engineering services for the Muscat and Salalah expansion projects under a combined four-year contract valued at around $187 million (RO72 million).

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