flydubai flight FZ039 touched down at Salalah Airport just hours before the airline began scheduled operations to Mattala, its second point in Sri Lanka, following a special flight in March on the opening day of Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.
The inaugural flight delegation, led by flydubai’s Chief Commercial Officer, Hamad Obaidalla, was met by Sheikh Hamood Bin Mustahil Al Mashani, Vice President of Muscat Overseas Group; HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Saif Al Mahrooqi, Deputy Governor of Dhofar; Salim Bin Awadh Al Yafi, Director General of Salalah Airport and Khalid Bin Musallam Bin Salim Al Rawas, Director General of the Directorate General of Tourism in Dhofar.
During the reception inside the airport terminal, Obaidalla, flydubai’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “With Oman just next door to the UAE, there is a long history of tourism and trade between our countries. Through this new service we hope to further enhance these ties and make it easier and more convenient to travel between Dubai and Salalah. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in enabling us to fly to Salalah for the support and encouragement they have given flydubai.”
Also present for the celebrations were; Omar Bin Ghaleb, Deputy Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority; Mohamed Al Zarouni, Head of Air Transport at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Salim Al Kathiri, Consul General of the Consulate of Oman in Dubai; and Ahmed Jassim, Director of Public Relations for the office of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
Salim Al Kathiri, Consul General of the Consulate of Oman in Dubai said: “We are very pleased to welcome flydubai to Salalah and celebrate the opening of this new gateway between Oman and Dubai. As the summer travel season approaches, I look forward to welcoming more visitors from the UAE to Salalah.”
Meanwhile, earlier today, Obaidalla inaugurated the new flydubai Travel Shop in Salalah, making it even easier for passengers to book their travel to Dubai.
Located on the Indian Ocean, Salalah the second largest city in Oman, is known for both its beach and mountain landscapes. It also enjoys cooler climes than neighbouring cities in Oman and the region making it a popular holiday destination, especially during the summer months.
Flights to Salalah operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. FZ039 departs Dubai Terminal 2 at 1620hrs, landing in Salalah Airport at 1820hrs local time. The return flight, FZ040, departs at 1920hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2130hrs local time.
Round trip fares from Dubai to Salalah start at AED 850 with fares from Salalah to Dubai from OMR 55. Fares include one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and one small laptop bag or handbag. Checked baggage starts at AED 50 ($14) for 20kg. A seat with extra legroom costs AED100 ($28).
Flights between Dubai and Salalah can be purchased from flydubai’s website (www.flydubai.com), its call centre (+971 4231 1000), flydubai Travel Shops or through travel partners. Passengers in Oman can call the local call centre (+968 2329 2183 / 84), or book through travel partners.
Photo caption 1: Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer of flydubai, was met on the tarmac at Salalah Airport by Sheikh Hamood Bin Mustahil Al Mashani, Vice President of Muscat Overseas Group
Photo caption 2: Mohamed Al Zarouni, Head of Air Transport at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Omar Bin Ghaleb, Deputy Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority join Hamad Obaidalla and Sheikh Hamood Bin Mustahil Al Mashani to cut the cake in celebration of flydubai’s new route to Salalah
Photo caption 3: Sudhir Sreedharan, flydubai’s Head – Commercial Operations Subcontinent, GCC and Africa, Hamad Obaidalla and Mohamed Al Zarouni open the flydubai Travel Shop in Salalah