Muscat: Salam Air, a low-cost airline based in Oman, has cancelled all services to India from October 1. The airline has withdrawn the facility to book tickets on its website from that date and sent a circular to travel agencies saying that services to India are being stopped as constraints exist in allotting aircraft for these schedules.
Meanwhile, passengers who have already booked tickets on Salam Air have received a message informing them that the services have been cancelled. A full refund will be given to these passengers, for which they could contact Salam Air or recognized travel agencies, said the message.
“Necessary measures are being taken to refund the full ticket amount to all passengers who had booked on Salam Air,” said the representative of a travel agency.
Salam Air is currently conducting direct services between Muscat and Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow and Jaipur and between Salalah and Kozhikode. In addition, several connection services are available. However, no booking is available in these sectors from October 1.
Incidentally, Salam Air had recently announced an additional service to Kozhikode from October 1, which too has now been cancelled. At the same time, Salam Air authorities have not revealed the period of the cancellations.
Salam Air was a big relief for passengers, including Keralites, who had low income while travelling home and back to Oman and the withdrawal of the services is a major setback for them. The absence of Salam Air would lead to a decrease in the number of flights to Oman and a steep hike in airfares.