Oman Air Launches Flight Service to Madinah, Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, 09 July 2013
Wayne Pearce chief executive officer at Muscat International Airport during the launch ceremony
Oman Air, today launches a weekly flight service between Muscat, the capital of Oman, and Madinah, in Saudi Arabia.
The flight service from Muscat to Madinah is on Tuesdays (departing 15:40, arriving 17:50) and returning from Medina to Muscat on the same day (departing 18:40, arriving 22:35). Madinah is Oman Air’s fourth destination in Saudi Arabia in addition to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam.
Salim bin Nasser al-Aufi, chairman of Oman Air’s executive committee and chief executive officer of Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation, said: “We are delighted to be launching this new service between Muscat and Madinah, which further strengthens links between Oman and Saudi Arabia and continues the expansion of Oman Air’s network.
"This new service also underlines Oman Air’s commitment to supporting not only the growth of the Sultanate’s tourism sector but also the trade and commerce opportunities and we look forward to both welcoming many more visitors from Madinah whilst also improving access of the Omani residents to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Abdulrazaq Alraisi, Oman Air’s chief commercial officer, added: “Oman Air’s new weekly flight between Muscat and Madinah will give even more visitors from Saudi Arabia the chance to experience the outstanding services of Oman Air and discover Oman’s many attractions.
"It will also offer greater opportunities for travelers from the Sultanate to visit Saudi Arabia. We are confident that this addition to our growing network will prove to be a great success.”
Madinah is in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia and is the capital of the Al Medina Province. It is considered the second most important Islamic pilgrimage destination after Mecca, the home to the three oldest mosques in Islam, it has a population of over 1.6 million.