Flights to Salalah fully booked

Peo­ple in the cap­i­tal look to make full use of the long week­end

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Trav­ellers are look­ing to get the most of the long week­end with Sun­day be­ing de­clared a hol­i­day ow­ing to the Re­nais­sance Day. How­ever, there won’t be much scope for last-minute travel plans as flights to Salalah are fully booked.

Most bus op­er­a­tors on the Salalah route also re­ported high book­ings since the hol­i­day was an­nounced on Sun­day.

Salalah has emerged as the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for most trav­ellers. Apart from Salalah, peo­ple will also be vis­it­ing Jebel Akhdar, Jebel Shams, Khasab and Ras al Jinz to make the most of the three-day break.

An Oman Air of­fi­cial said, “Peo­ple have been book­ing for some­time now. Be­cause of the hol­i­day most of our flights to Salalah are fully booked. A few seats are left but only on Sat­ur­day.”

Air Ara­bia too flies to Salalah via Sharjah. “It is usual busi­ness dur­ing this time of the year. How­ever, when hol­i­days are an­nounced peo­ple opt to travel and all our seats get sold out,” an Air Ara­bia of­fi­cial said.

The de­mand is such that bud­get air­line SalamAir has added an­other flight to its ser­vice to Salalah. A SalamAir of­fi­cial said, “We have six daily flights to Salalah and all are booked. We will have an ad­di­tional flight on Fri­day. Just a few seats are avail­able but they too will be gone in no time.”

Peo­ple have also made ex­ten­sive plans for road trips too. They are all set to leave Mus­cat on Wed­nes­day evening or Thurs­day as per their work sched­ules.

Vikas Singh, a mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer in an in­sur­ance com­pany, said, “I and three of my friends are go­ing to drive to Salalah. Mus­cat be­ing hot and hu­mid, what best can you ask for when there’s a chance to get drenched in the rain in Dho­far.”

While Salalah is still con­sid­ered the best op­tion, there are peo­ple who will be trav­el­ling via the sea route to en­joy the coun­try’s stun­ning nat­u­ral beauty.

An of­fi­cial from Na­tional Fer­ries Com­pany said, “All seats on our ferry ser­vices are fully booked. Many will be trav­el­ling to places like Lima, Masirah Is­lands and Khasab dur­ing the long week­end.”

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