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Deanna Witmer
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« on: October 18, 2010, 01:24:53 pm »

Transport in Salalah
Salalah has an airport, mainly catering to domestic flights from Muscat and some regional cities such as Kuwait, Dubai and Doha. Seasonal flights, some from as far away as Sweden, operate during the Khareef, which is the peak tourism season. Salalah Airport (IATA:SLL, ICAO:OOSA) is the Sultanate of Oman's second gateway.It is located on the Salalah coastal plain, 5.5 kilometers northeast of Salalah's city centre. Oman Air operates five flights daily to Salalah Airport from Muscat. Air India Express operates three flights a week to Kerala, India: to Kozhikode via Kochi on Wednesdays and Sundays and to Thiruvananthapuram via Kochi on Fridays. Felix Airways operates flights to Aden, Al Ghaydah, Al Mukalla. Jazeera Airways operates seasonal flights to Salalah from Dubai and Kuwait.

Salalah does not have a public transportation system within the city limits. However long distance air-conditioned luxury coaches are operated daily from Salalah to Haima, Muscat, Nizwa, Buraimi, Dubai, Al-Ain, Al-Ghaydah, Al-Mukalla, Seiyun and PDO locations like Marmul.

Other forms of other public transport popular in Salalah like taxis and micro buses. They are locally called as "Baiza" buses, so named for the lower denomination of the Omani Rial, the baiza (an adaptation of the Indian and Pakistani lower denomination paisa). These are relatively inexpensive and service all major roadways, as well as a wide and loose network of smaller byways connecting smaller towns in Dhofar Governorate with Salalah city. These are mostly Toyota Hiace or Nissan Urvan. They operate from City Centre, locally called Chowk to places like Dhalkut, Rakhyut, Shahb As'eeb, Sarfait, Shaleem, Shuwamiyah, Sharbithat, Marmul, Al-Mazyounah, Mirbat, Taqah, Sadah, Tawi Ateer, Hasik, Hadbin, Thumrait etc.

Taxis are color-coded orange and white and provide semi-personal transportation in the form of both individual hire and the same opportunistic roadway service as Baiza buses. Baiza buses, also colour-coded orange and white, and like taxis are unmetered after several government initiatives to introduce meters were rejected. The fare is set by way of negotiation, although drivers usually adhere to certain unwritten rules for fares within the city. One should always find out the normally accepted fare for one's journey from one's hotel or host before looking for a taxi.

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