By Staff writer
National carrier says total of 11 flights per day are operating between Muscat and Salalah during summer
Oman Air has announced a substantial boost to its services to Salalah over the summer months, in respond to customer demand.
The national carrier of Oman said it is expanding its capacity to the principal city of Dhofar by adding almost 23,000 seats.
The unprecedented increase will see Oman Air offer a total of 317,600 seats to and from Salalah. Eleven flights per day are now operating between Salalah and Muscat.
In a statement, Oman Air added that it has deployed Boeing 737 airliners on its six daily frequencies between Salalah and Dubai.
The move by the carrier continues its year-on-year expansion on routes out of Salalah, which last year saw a record 52,274 seats offered on flights between Salalah and Dubai.
In 2016, Oman Air increased that number by 46 percent, or 22,000 seats, to 74,176 seats. The 12,044 additional seats offered between Salalah and Dubai this summer will further enhance capacity.
Salalah has experienced significant growth in the number of visitors it receives, especially during the Khareef (summer monsoon). The Khareef sees the southern-most tip of Oman transformed from a dry desert to a lush green carpet, where flowers bloom in the moist climate and wildlife abounds.
Efforts are been made to boost tourist facilities and services in Dhofar including an expansion of its hotel sector and the establishment of the Salalah Tourism Festival while Oman Air has worked closely with Oman Airports Management Company to modernise and expand the city's airport.
As the Khareef continues, Oman Air said it will continue to monitor demand and consideration will be given to further increases in the number of flights operated and the number of seats offered.