Salalah Airport welcomes first Kuwaiti Jazeera Airways flight during Khareef season.
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On Thursday, 16 June 2022, Salalah Airport in Dhofar received the first flight of Jazeera Airways, the Kuwaiti low-cost airline – as part of its plan to operate three weekly flights during the Khareef season between Kuwait International Airport and Salalah Airport.
The plane landed at the airport and was greeted with a traditional water salute, while Oman Airports – which operates and manages Salalah Airport – welcomed travelers with flowers and souvenirs.
A number of officials from Oman Airports, together with representatives of the Royal Oman Police and the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism, were present for a cake-cutting ceremony, along with various Jazeera Airways officials and the aircraft’s captain and crew.
Mr. Salim bin Awad al Yafei, Executive Vice-President of Salalah Airport, said that the launch of the Kuwaiti Jazeera Airways flights is part of a series of regional flights scheduled to operate during the Khareef season. He added that Dhofar Governorate becomes an attractive tourist destination during this time as temperatures drop to below 25 degrees Celsius, making it a vital summer tourist destination.
Al Yafei pointed out that Salalah Airport is now ready to receive passengers during this period, in which the number of tourists and visitors from the Sultanate of Oman and other GCC countries tends to increase substantially. “Oman Airports is well-prepared for this season, like every year, to provide the best services to passengers. This includes accelerating arrival and departure procedures, efficient luggage receiving, and additional services that meet travelers’ needs – such as taxi services, car rentals, accommodation and travel services, and tourist information.
Jazeera Airways' flight to Salalah is the second to the Sultanate of Oman after its flights to Muscat International Airport. The flights to Salalah Airport are scheduled to operate on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays.
These flights will provide travelers with the opportunity to enjoy a weekend or a long vacation to explore the second-largest city in the Sultanate with its breathtaking beaches, various sea activities, beautiful landscapes, a number of religious sites, and high mountains that turn green during the Khareef season in summer. Salalah also hosts the Land of Frankincense Museum, located in Al Baleed Archaeological Park, which narrates the history of ancient Oman and its people, including the history of the spice trade in Oman.
Mr. Rethah Al Mousawi, Assistant Vice President of Jazeera Airways, said: “We are pleased to announce the arrival of our flight at Salalah Airport and the expansion of our network of destinations in this unique and distinguished city. In Salalah, we can see the beauty of nature and diversity of activities, especially during the summer season, but also throughout the year, which our passengers from Kuwait and other countries can enjoy.”
“Located just three hours away from Kuwait, Salalah is definitely the perfect escape for a weekend break to enjoy an adventure or relax at one of the fabulous resorts in the region,” added Al Mousawi.
Al Mousawi also thanked Oman Airports for facilitating the new route and added that Jazeera Airways and Oman Airports could look forward to establishing similar partnerships in the future.
It is worth noting that in 2021, Salalah Airport won two international awards from the Airports Council International (ACI), the organization that tracks the experiences of passengers at airports around the world. The first award was “Best Airport in the Middle East for Quality of Service” (in the category of airports with less than two million passengers annually). The second was the “Best Airport in the Middle East in Health Procedures” during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Salalah Airport was also ranked in 2019 as a “5-star Regional Airport” at the Skytrax 2019 World Awards. It was the first airport to be awarded this ranking in the Middle East, and the fourth in the world.