SalamAir to switch to Dubai Intl Air­port from Oct 29

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Oman’s bud­get air­line SalamAir, which had started its international op­er­a­tions with flights to Dubai in Fe­bru­ary, will switch from the cur­rent Dubai World Cen­tral (DWC) to Dubai International Air­port (DXB) from Oc­to­ber 29.

Also, the air­line will add two more flights be­tween Salalah and So­har from July 27, mak­ing it six times a week ser­vice. The air­line will also ap­point a new CEO soon.

Dur­ing the Dubai launch, the air­line had stated that from March 26, the flight will move to DXB. While in April, Khalid al Yah­madi, chair­man of SalamAir, said that the air­line of­fi­cials met with the CEO of Dubai Air­ports and both were work­ing to find a so­lu­tion. “Due to high con­ges­tion at DXB, we’re work­ing on find­ing the right time for both [SalamAirDubai Air­ports] of us. We hope that we will soon be able to solve the prob­lem,” he had said.

The air­line has started tak­ing book­ings for daily DXB flights from Oc­to­ber 29. The on­line reser­va­tion site also shows that SalamAir will dis­con­tinue its cur- rent thrice weekly flights to DWC when it starts DXB op­er­a­tions. The move is ex­pected to in­crease de­mand for its flights to Dubai.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the air­line ear­lier this month had an­nounced plans to re­place its CEO. “The board of di­rec­tors of SalamAir has made a de­ci­sion a few weeks ago to change the com­pany’s CEO. The new ap­point­ment will be an­nounced in a few weeks,” said Yah­madi.

“The post is cur­rently and tem­po­rar­ily oc­cu­pied by the ad­vi­sor and an avi­a­tion ex­pert on the board of di­rec­tors. Also, the next CEO will be a GCC na­tional.”

On the op­er­a­tion of six flights a week to So­har, the air­line stated, “We are adding two additional flights be­tween So­har and Salalah on Satur­days and Thurs­days start­ing July 27.”

Yah­madi thanked Pub­lic Author­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion (PACA) for giv­ing per­mis­sion to add ex­tra flights to So­har from its ini­tial three flights a week quota.

Mo­hammed bin Nasser al Zaabi, CEO of PACA, said that the growth prospects for So­har were en­cour­ag­ing. “In­crease in flights to and from So­har is a good in­di­ca­tor of growth de­mand and in­creased pas­sen­ger traf­fic. We look for­ward to more,” he had said.

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