By Kabeer Yousuf — MUSCAT: Jan 29 – SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, will take off from Salalah to Muscat at 10.05 am on Monday. The carrier’s first aircraft was displayed at the Muscat International Airport on Sunday under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin Asaad al Said. The airline will offer twice-daily services to Salalah and back. SalamAir’s first commercial flight will take off from Salalah Airport on Monday to Muscat International Airport. “Two more services would be added, one in mid-February and another in March,” Francois Bouteiller, CEO of SalamAir, told the Observer. Dubai will be added to the carrier’s destinations by mid-February followed by Saudi Arabia.
In future, it plans to fly to Karachi, Sialkot and Multan in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Khalid bin Hilal al Yahmadi, Chairman of SalamAir, said: “We are proud to make this dream a reality in 12 months and grateful to the immense support we received from our shareholders, authorities concerned and our team who demonstrated great dedication and commitment to deliver this project with high levels of quality and efficiency. We are happy to note that 68 per cent of our staff is Omani and that several small and medium enterprises contributed to this accomplishment. At SalamAir we ensure to resonate the Omani experience in everything we do”.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank SalamAir’s team, partners, and all of those who supported us in achieving this significant milestone. We have worked hard to ensure a timely take off for our first flight while never compromising on quality and simplicity. We want to give people choice and flexibility when shaping their journeys and offer great experiences to make air travel more affordable. This will enable more people to fly and allow everyone to explore new destinations, expand their horizons and connect with their family and friends,” said François Bouteiller, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SalamAir.
“This day will be remembered as an important step towards leveraging the aviation industry of Oman. It surely is a very proud moment for all of us,” the CEO added. By offering reasonable and efficient means of transport to people in and outside Oman, SalamAir is anticipated to boost the tourism industry in the country, contributing to the realisation of the nation’s aspirations to diversify its economy through the development of certain sectors including tourism.