Oman Air Meets Increase Demand on Muscat-Salalah Route

Oman Air says it has recorded a huge surge in traffic between Muscat and Salalah during
August and September this year, resulting from increasing demand at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, the Eid festivities as well as the natural attraction of the Dhofar Khareef season.
The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman operated 163 extra flights on the domestic route between August 19 and September 8, 2012, in addition to the 226 scheduled services, thereby offering nearly 60,000 seats in total – 22,500 more seats than over the same period last year.
Nearly 50,000 passengers flew on the route, an increase of more than 20,000 compared
with August-September 2011.  The extra flights accounted for 40% of the total number of people travelling to Salalah with Oman Air and the extraordinary demand for tickets also resulted in an impressive seat factor of 88%.
Wayne Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air said:
“These figures are extremely encouraging and demonstrate both Oman Air’s continuing
commitment to investing in travel to Salalah and the popularity of Oman Air’s outstanding services.
“Oman Air has always been committed to promoting Salalah as an ideal year-round
destination for visitors from both within Oman and further afield, and to serving the needs of the people living in the Dhofar region.  We are therefore delighted that, as a result of our additional flights and the outstanding deals we have been offering, so many more people are flying with Oman Air and experiencing the beauty and hospitality that Salalah and Dhofar have to offer.”
The number of flights was increased to meet strong demand not only as a result of the traditionally-busy Eid period, but also due to families returning home after a break in Salalah as the schools in the region re-opened after the long annual summer holidays.