Salam Air, a budget carrier from the Sultanate of Oman, started scheduled flights on Muscat-Kathmandu-Muscat from Tuesday.
The maiden flight of the carrier landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at 8 am on Tuesday. The airline will conduct four flights a week on the sector.
The airline has appointed IME Group as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Nepal.
Speaking at a press meet organized in Kathmandu, Chairman of IME Group Chandra Prasad Dhakal said that he was hopeful that the beginning of Salam Air flights to Nepal will support the Visit Nepal Year 2020 campign.
Dhakal also added that the airline will also bring foreign tourists to Kathmandu.
Established in 2016, the airline operated its first commercial flight in January, 2017. Along with Kathmandu, it operates flights to Jeddah of Saudai Arabia, Khartoum of Sudan, Karachi, Multan and Sialkot of Pakistan, Dubai of UAE, Doha of Qatar, Tbilisi of Georgia, Baku of Azerbaijan, and Dhaka of Bangladesh from its hub in Muscat. It operates a fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft configured to carry 174 passengers.
Similarly, Salam Air CEO Captain Mohamad Ahmed said he was hopeful that the flight will contribute to Nepal’s economy.
Salam Air is the second Omani carrier, linking Kathmandu with Muscat.