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SalamAir to fly to six Indian cities as part of air bubble agreement

5 Oct 2020

SalamAir, the sultanate’s fast-growing value-for-money airline, has announced special flights to six Indian destinations from Muscat as part of the recently established bilateral air bubble arrangement between Oman and India for the operation of special international passenger flights connecting the two countries.

SalamAir will operate special passenger flights twice a week to Calicut (Kozhikode), Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow and Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram) till end of November. 

SalamAir flight tickets are now open for sale through sala, its call centres and appointed travel agents. 

Capt Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said, “We are happy that we are part of this bilateral air bubble arrangement between India and Oman. While this arrangement is temporary, we are confident and looking forward to launch India as one of our destinations.”

He added, “India is one of the most important markets for all airlines operating in the Middle East due to the size of its population, number of tourists from the country and expat residents. SalamAir has operated nearly 700 chartered flights to overseas destinations over the last three months, with many of them flying to India. This has enabled us to gain a lot of knowledge about the market and passengers’ expectation. This exposure will make our entry to the Indian market a smoother experience. We are working closely with concerned authorities to secure necessary clearance to start permanent operations.”

The following categories of people can fly on these flights: 

Any Indian national holding a valid residency permit can fly from India to Oman. Airlines must ensure that Indian nationals are eligible to enter Oman before issue of ticket/ boarding pass to the Indian passenger.

Indian nationals stranded in Oman and all Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders holding passports of Oman, and nationals of Oman (including diplomats) holding valid visa issued by an Indian Mission.

All operations are subject to strict adherence to the SOP issued by the civil aviation authorities and other COVID-19 related guidelines issued by the authorities from both sides.

Oman Air to resume flights to three Indian cities

Oman Air will resume flights to India on October 8 with two flights per week connecting Muscat with Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi, the airline stated.

Flights to and from Delhi will depart and arrive in each city on Mondays and Wednesdays. Flights to and from Mumbai will connect on Sundays and Thursdays. 

Flights connecting Muscat and Kochi will depart and arrive on Sundays and Thursdays.

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