Oman News Agency, May 20, 2023 - SalamAir, Sultanate's fastest-growing value-for-money airline, is delighted to announce the launch of three new destinations in June and July. These new destinations include Almaty, Kazakhstan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Turkish city of Rize.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, expressed his excitement about the expansion plans, stating, 'We are thrilled to introduce these new destinations to our growing network. Almaty, one of Kazakhstan's prominent cities, offers great tourism potential. We aim to establish year-round connections to cater to the demand and not limit it to seasonal periods.'
In addition to these developments, SalamAir is currently an economic study of 20 new tourist destinations in Europe and Eastern Europe. The objective is to attract tourists to the Sultanate of Oman and invigorate the tourism industry. This initiative aims to enhance the movement of tourists through Muscat and Salalah international airports.
Regarding seasonal destinations during the upcoming summer, Captain Mohamed Ahmed mentioned that the following routes would be reopened: Muscat-Sarajevo, Muscat-Baku, Muscat-Bursa, Suhar-Trabzon, and Muscat-Beirut. He highlighted that the Muscat-Trabzon route had become a year-round direct connection due to its popularity.
SalamAir currently operates flights to 38 domestic and international destinations, including Suhar, Salalah, Duqm, Masirah, the GCC countries, and several Arab, Asian, and European destinations.
The airline is also excited to announce the addition of new aircraft to its fleet. Within the next two months, SalamAir will receive three new Airbus A321neo; by the end of the year, three more aircraft will join the fleet, bringing the total number of SalamAir's aircraft to 17.
SalamAir places significant emphasis on Omanization and is dedicated to providing employment opportunities. The company's Omanization percentage currently stands at 65%.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed expressed his gratitude for the success achieved by SalamAir, stating, 'Since our establishment, SalamAir has transported over 7.5 million passengers, a remarkable achievement for an airline that has completed only six years of operation. This success has had a positive impact on the tourism industry in the Sultanate of Oman.'
Furthermore, SalamAir's commitment to contributing to the Omani economy is evident. The airline's reinvestment of its revenues in Oman generated an indirect economic impact of approximately 840 million Omani Rials in 2022. SalamAir looks forward to further investments supporting the realization of Oman's Vision 2040.