Low-cost isn’t a term normally associated with Middle Eastern air carriers, especially those based in Gulf and Gulf-adjacent countries. However, Oman’s Salam Air has rapidly grown from a wild idea in 2015 to a formal company in 2016 to a fully operational airline in 2017.
Salam Air flew began first route domestically in January of 2017 between Muscat and Salalah. The following month, it began it’s first international route between Muscat and Dubai. The airline now flies to 31 destinations in 18 countries.
The latest addition to that roster of countries served is Sri Lanka. This month, Salam Air launched its inaugural flight to Colombo, which was piloted by the airline’s own CEO, Captain Ahmed Mohamed. Journalists, Omani tourism officials, and Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Oman also joined in on the flight, which was welcomed in Colombo by Oman’s ambassador and a Sri Lankan tourism delegation.
Oman Air already served by 17 flights to Sri Lanka each week, and Sri Lankan Airlines operates another five.