The officials at SalamAir, a low-cost airline Oman-based airline, announced the launch of a new direct flight from Muscat to Bangkok three times a week.
A flight already exists that connects Oman and Phuket, making Bangkok the second airline destination in Thailand.
SalamAir will operate the Muscat-Bangkok flights on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. The return flights from Bangkok to Muscat will be operated on the following days, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The first flight OV467 departed Muscat on 18 December at 6:45 pm and arrived in Bangkok on 19 December at 03:45 am.
A welcoming ceremony was arranged at Suvarnabhumi Airport by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) with cooperation from the public and private sector partners.
Mr Chaiwat Tamthai, the Director at the Dubai Office of TAT, said “The new Muscat-Bangkok route introduced by SalamAir will help the TAT significantly in our efforts to grow the Oman market to Thailand. Together with the existing Muscat-Phuket flights, it will offer Omani travellers both increased seat capacity and route flexibility in visiting the kingdom.”
The flight on the Muscat-Phuket route was launched by the SalamAir in December 2019. Before the pandemic, the airline was cooperating closely with TAT to introduce Thailand to the Oman market as a preferred travel destination.
At the time of its inauguration, the Muscat-Phuket flights were operated three times a week, which is now increased to four times a week. Currently, the Muscat-Phuket flights are operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The cooperation between the TAT and SalamAir to boost Thailand’s chances at the middle eastern countries as a sought-after travel destination included a fam trip for travel agents from the UAE to Phuket in January 2020, as well as a joint sales promotion of Thailand, which was focused mainly towards the first-time visitors of Thailand, among the Gulf Cooperation Council member states like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Iran from 1 November-15 December 2022.