MUSCAT: Oman budget carrier SalamAir has launched non-stop flights from Muscat to Alexandria, Egypt.
SalamAir OV527, operated by an Airbus A320neo, departed Muscat International Airport following a special celebration ceremony commemorating the debut of this route. The ceremony was attended by Mohammed Ahmed Fahmi Ghoneim, ambassador of Egypt to Oman, alongside Captain Mohamed Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of SalamAir, and other dignitaries. The inaugural flight was also welcomed in Alexandria by Egyptian officials and dignitaries.
Celebrating the first direct flight between both cities, SalamAir also held a special event in Alexandria with the participation of tourism and travel partners, as well as a host of local aviation industry representatives.
Ghoneim said: “Connecting Alexandria with Muscat will further grow and strengthen the longstanding and historical relationship between Oman and Egypt. We have enjoyed generations of fruitful collaboration on a multitude of fronts whether political, social, cultural and of course trade between both our countries. This move provides convenience for the Egyptian community living in Oman and travelling back and forth to Egypt, while we also look forward to welcoming Omani tourists to enjoy Egypt’s well-known charm and hospitality.”
Captain Mohamed Ahmed said: “The inaugural flight to the historical Mediterranean city of Alexandria is another step forward in our strategy to offer travellers convenience, flexibility and reliability in their travel experience. We are the first Omani carrier to fly directly to Alexandria, our second destination in Africa after Khartoum.”
Starting March 2, SalamAir will operate direct flights to Alexandria three times a week and daily flights starting May 1.