A report in the Times of Oman claims talks are taking place between the airline and SEZAD, the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm, to set up flights between Muscat and the port town, which is located on the coast of the Al Wusta Governorate.
The current distance between Duqm and Muscat is 536 kilometres and takes over five-and-a-half hours to drive, sister title Arabian Business said.
An official from SEZAD is quoted as saying: “The authority is currently negotiating to add flights to Duqm using Salam Air. These are still in negotiation but we are hopeful.”
Currently there are 15 flights a week operating between Muscat and Duqm courtesy of Oman Air, which are 75 minutes long; while road transport is provided by Mwasalat, the national transport agency, with the bus leaving from Azaiba daily at 6.40am, before stopping at Muscat International Airport, Burj Al Sahwa, Fanja Mosque and Izki.
“The negotiations regarding transportation to the special economic zone are currently ongoing,” a spokesperson for Salam Air is quoted as saying.