MUSCAT: Kish Island, an island resort about 17km south of mainland Iran, is now connected with Muscat via a direct Kish Airlines flight.

Muscat International Airport welcomed the first Kish Airlines flight last week. The service offers one direct weekly flight between Kish Island and Muscat and Muscat to Kish Island using a Fokker 100 aircraft.

The Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) celebrated landing of the first Kish Airlines flight at Muscat airport in the presence of its route development representatives and officials from the carrier.

An official of the Kish Airlines at its UAE office told Muscat Daily that the flight will run every Saturday at 7pm from Muscat and 4.15pm from Kish.

An outbound official from Bahwan Travels said that the weekly flight may generate some interest among residents and citizens to travel to the Island. “Travel to Kish Island picked up a decade ago but then fizzled out. With a direct weekly connection, things could change again,” he said. Kish was designated as one of Iran’s free zones in 1989. Visitors can enter without a visa.

While the carrier operates from Kish Island and offers international, domestic and charter services, its main base is Mehrabad International Airport, Tehran. The airline has three Fokker 100s, five McDonnel Douglas MD-82s, and four McDonnel Douglas MD-83s. Kish Airlines operates to destinations including Azerbaijan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, UAE and now Muscat.