Muscat - Oman Airports has confirmed that it will implement the Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik on providing direct subsidies on fuel prices at Salalah Airport, equivalent to the fuel prices at Muscat International, with immediate effect.
Currently, the one-way fare to and from Salalah starts from RO30 on SalamAir and RO50 on Oman Air, forcing the passengers to cover the 1,000km distance by road (bus and private vehicles) which can be difficult and dangerous during monsoon and difficult weather conditions.
Foreign airlines operating from Salalah include Air Arabia, Jazeera Airways, and Wizz Air among others.
A number of regular passengers, including Khareef visitors, hoped that airlines will be forced to reduce prices with this directive, which will also help to reduce the number of road accidents.
Oman Airports said that these directives from His Majesty the Sultan are aimed at facilitating tourism by increasing the number of flights to and from Dhofar Governorate by airlines as competition will lower ticket prices for citizens and residents and all categories of travelers to the governorate.
The Khareef season 2023 is of great importance to air traffic and the number of passengers to and from the airport in Salalah
It may be noted that Salalah Airport is served by Oman Air and the low-cost Salamair as well as the rest of the regional and international carriers direct flights to Salalah Airport from the capitals of GCC, India, and Pakistan.
Salalah Airport, which can handle two million passengers annually and up to 6 million after future expansions, sees on movement 75 weekly domestic and international arrival flights.
Aircraft traffic at Salalah Airport grew by two percent by the end of February 23.
Salalah has a monsoon season that is not common in other places in the Sultanate and the region. The best time to visit Salalah is from June to August which are the monsoon months (also known as Khareef).
During monsoon, Salalah is transformed into a beautiful oasis due to the light drizzles that cool the air.