Qatar Airways celebrated the five-year anniversary of its direct flights to Salalah, Oman recently, commemorating the milestone with a celebratory water cannon salute at Salalah International Airport.

Salalah is a unique destination in the region, offering fruit plantations, beautiful beaches, traditional souqs and archaeological sites, all scattered across a landscape that fuses the tropical with the desert. Salalah is especially known for its numerous cultural attractions, including the ‘Al Baleed’ archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage site that hosts the ruins of the 12th-century trading post of Zafar, and the Frankincense Museum where visitors can learn more about Salalah’s history in the frankincense trade.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said that Salalah is a highly-sought after destination for passengers wishing to experience Oman’s greenery and breathtaking natural beauty. He said that Oman itself draws a great number of business and leisure travellers seeking to enjoy the many hidden treasures they offer.

Qatar’s national carrier has been flying to Oman since 2000, when it first began services to the city of Muscat. In 2013, Salalah was added to the airline’s expanding network as the second destination, followed by Sohar in 2017.

Because of high demand, Qatar Airways is adding two additional frequencies to Muscat in April and June. The new frequencies will take the airline’s number of weekly flights to Oman to 70 weekly, including 49 flights to Muscat, 14 flights to Salalah and seven flights to Sohar. The additional frequencies will also provide passengers increased connectivity to in-demand destinations such as Bangkok, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Baku, Bali, Istanbul, Colombo, Phuket, Kolkata, Jakarta, and Chennai, to name just a few.

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