SalamAir, Oman’s inaugural budget airline, has declared the suspension of all its flight operations to India effective 1 October 2023. As reported by Wego, this development is set to disrupt travel plans for a multitude of individuals, particularly Indian expatriates residing in Oman, who have consistently chosen SalamAir for its cost-effective travel options.
According to an official statement released by SalamAir, this decision has been precipitated by the limited allocation of flight rights to India. Furthermore, the airline has unequivocally stated that all bookings made for flights to India after October 1 will be considered null and void. However, passengers can rest assured that they will receive full refunds for their bookings.
SalamAir currently offers economical air travel solutions to four key destinations in India: Lucknow and Jaipur in the northern region, as well as Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode in the southern part of the country. These destinations serve as vital links to several international hubs, including Muscat, Bangkok, Baghdad, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, and Riyadh, among others.
According to their current flight schedule, SalamAir offers direct flights to these destinations on a daily or alternating basis. For instance, SalamAir operates a daily direct flight from Muscat to Jaipur, which takes approximately 3 hours and is priced at INR 7,346 (OMR 34), making it a convenient and budget-friendly choice. With the impending suspension of SalamAir’s operations in India, these crucial flight connections will cease to be operational. This development will also have repercussions for the airline’s services connecting Fujairah Airport in the UAE to Jaipur, Lucknow, and Thiruvananthapuram.
SalamAir has assured its valued customers that full refunds will be issued for all bookings made for flights to India after the 1 October deadline. Should you have any inquiries or concerns, direct communication with the airline’s support team is encouraged. Comprehensive contact details for SalamAir’s India-based teams can be accessed through the airline’s official website.