Ali Javed Pakistan Ambassador in Oman (centre left) and Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir (centre right) led the cake cutting to mark the start of the LCC’s newest route to Pakistan ‒ Multan. On its two existing routes to the country, Karachi and Sailkot, the airline has already flown over 30,000 passengers.
- SalamAir, Oman’s first budget airline, inaugurated its three weekly service to Multan (MUX) on 8 February, the LCC’s third destination in Pakistan, complementing its current flights to Karachi and Sialkot. The A320-operated services depart at 23:55 from Muscat (MCT) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, arriving into Multan at 03:30 the next day. The return sector leaves Pakistan at 04:50 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays, landing back in Oman at 06:35. Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said of the airline’s newest route: “The addition of Multan to our destinations will allow us to better serve our guests, and cater to rising number of business and leisure travelers. The Pakistani community makes up about 13% of the local expatriates working in Oman, it is therefore no surprise that this route has been one of the highest in demand. We have worked very hard with the authorities to ensure that our flight timings will allow our guests to conveniently connect to other destinations including Dubai, Doha, Jeddah and Salalah via Muscat.” The CEO went on to explain that SalamAir is exploring other underserved destinations in Pakistan including Islamabad, Lahore and Faisalabad, as well as increasing its flight frequencies on current routes. Competition on SalamAir’s route between Muscat and Multan will face direct competition from Shaheen Air International, with the latter airline already serving the 1,493-kilometre sector with a weekly (Fridays) service.