At the launch of SalamAir’s new route between Muscat and Dubai Al Maktoum, the airline’s CEO François Bouteiller said: “We will be announcing multiple new destinations to and from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in the coming weeks with the arrival of additional aircraft.” He was joined on stage by some of the airline’s crew and (to his right) Khalid Al Yahmadi, Chairman of SalamAir (left).
- SalamAir, the Omani LCC, has continued its start-up phase of route launches, with the addition of a twice-daily connection between Muscat (MCT) and Dubai Al Maktoum (DWC) on 28 February. The A320-operated service will switch to Dubai’s main airport on 26 March. While the 347-kilometre connection will not face any direct competition, the indirect frequencies offered by the incumbents between Muscat and Dubai are substantial. Oman Air currently provides 49 weekly flights, flydubai flies 36 times weekly, Emirates 18 times weekly and SWISS operates a daily triangular service which originates in Zurich, for which it has local traffic rights between Dubai and Muscat. SalamAir’s growing network was made possible with the arrival of its second A320, named “Fateh Al Khair”, also allowing it to introduce a third daily flight to Salalah from Muscat. Take a closer look at anna.aero’s in-depth analysis of Oman’s first LCC. See how Dubai Al Maktoum Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.