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Oman Air adds 32 flights to Salalah from Muscat


An Oman Air aircraft. Photo - Times of Oman File

Muscat: Oman Air is boosting its Muscat to Salalah services to meet the extra demand during the summer season. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman is increasing the number of services to Salalah from 52 flights per week to 84, from July 24 to  September 15, to cope with the increasing popularity of the destination during the Khareef season.

The season is known for the southern Oman experience — cooling rains and an abundance of plant and animal life as monsoon weather patterns affect the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The contrast in weather between southern Oman and the high temperatures found across the rest of the region is significant, and brings travellers from throughout the Middle East to Salalah to experience relief from intense heat.

For many years, Oman Air has increased the number of services it operates between Muscat and Salalah during the Khareef season. This year will see the carrier offering unprecedented number of 158,354 seats for Salalah between July and September – 13,234 seats more than last year, even though last year capacity utilisation did not exceed 80 per cent.

The operations during this season will be operated with Airbus A 330's, Boeing 737's and E 175's.

Abdulrazaq Alraisi, Chief Commercial Officer at Oman Air, commented: "With up to 14 scheduled flights a day from Muscat, and a minimum of 10 per day, Oman Air is offering a record number of seats to Salalah from Muscat this summer to provide the perfect introduction to the area's natural beauty, rich culture and superb hospitality. There is no better place to escape the heat of the Middle East summer, or for visitors from further afield to experience a part of Oman that defies expectations.

"However, seats are selling fast, with more visitors than ever before planning to experience the unique attractions of Khareef in Salalah and the surrounding Dhofar region. Hence we would advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."

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