DOHA: Qatar Airways has announced its fifth new route of 2013 to the Sultanate of Oman’s second largest city, the popular tourist destination of Salalah, effective May 22.
Oman is a mainstay of Qatar Airways’ Middle East network, with the airline steadily increasing capacity to the neighbouring Gulf State.
Currently operating 31 flights a week to the Omani capital Muscat, Qatar Airways will serve the new destination of Salalah four times a week raising the airline’s frequencies to Oman to 35 services. News of the expansion comes as Qatar Airways implements a new code share agreement with Oman Air on flights between Doha and Muscat.
With Oman Air’s thrice-daily flights between Doha and Muscat, together with Qatar Airways’ capacity on the route, passengers have plenty of flights to choose from, to and from the Sultanate.
Qatar Airways has also announced the launch of flights to Gassim in Saudi Arabia, Najaf in Iraq, the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and the airline’s fourth US gateway of Chicago next year. Salalah is particularly popular with leisure travellers from Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East.
Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said that the latest route expands on the large variety of attractive tourism destinations offered by the award-winning airline across the Middle East.
“Salalah offers passengers travelling from our global network with yet another unique holiday option to experience and at the same time provide the convenience of two gateways within the same country,” said Al Baker.
“With this new route, passengers wishing to explore Oman at length will also be able to take advantage of different travel options, booking flights into Muscat and returning from Salalah or vice versa,” he added.
The Salalah route will operate non-stop from the airline’s hub in Doha with an Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
The route will be effective from May 22 next year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Peninsula