Oman’s first budget airline Salam Air has applied for the operating authorization to Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The airline after receiving the necessary permissions is expected to start flights to Nepal after September, 2018.
MoCTCA will be reviewing the application from the Salam Air and will decide the further possibility of granting permissions.
In 2014, Nepal and Oman had revised bilateral air service agreement allowing designated carriers of respective countries to operate up to 28 flights a week.
At present, only Oman Air-the national flag carrier of Oman- has flight services between the two countries.
The Muscat based airline Salam Air has signed an agreement to add six new A320neo aircraft to its fleet, of which five are on lease from an undisclosed lessor as it is currently operating a fleet of three A320ceo aircraft with 174 seating capacity.
The airline launched services on 30 January 2017 and today operates close to 120 flights per week across 14 regional and global destinations.
Thai Lion Air — a low cost airline of Bangkok had also decided to operate direct flights to Nepal as it moves to cater to growing travel demand of tourists. The carrier will be operating a daily service starting August 1 after receiving the approval.