Subscribe Free
in Airports

Oman Airports see new records for growth

Posted 17 January 2017 · Add Comment

The number of passengers in Muscat International Airport exceeded 12 million passengers (+17%) in 2016. Salalah International Airport also broke its record – over 1,2 million passengers (+17%) resulting in increase in both domestic and international travel.

Additionally, flight movements increased double digits in Muscat International Airport by 8,5% exceeding 103 000 movements. Salalah International Airport had 10 313 flight movements respectively.

Oman Airports had new destinations and new route launches during the year when Oman Air started its first Asian operation to Guangzhou, China, new destination Najaf in Iraq and Mashad in Iran. The national airline added also 2nd daily frequency to London Heathrow. Additionally, new foreign airlines entered into the Omani market when Thai Air Asia X started its long-haul low cost operations between Bangkok and Muscat, Regent Airways started to operate from Dhaka and Chittagong, US Bangla also started to connect Oman and Bangladesh as well as Pakistan International Airlines launched a direct connection from Lahore to Salalah

Transfer traffic in Muscat International Airport increased by 30% reaching nearly 4,95 million transfer passengers strengthening the airport’s hub strategy. The biggest markets to/from Oman are GCC countries representing 36%, Indian subcontinent 36% and Europe by nearly 9%. In addition to Oman Air’s rapid growth especially in transfer traffic, major foreign carriers showed positive growth numbers in 2016.

Freight Transport

Freight Transport at Muscat International Airport enjoyed positive growth of 20,4 %, where the cargo volumes in 2016 reached 162 thousand tons compared to 134 thousand tons in 2015.  Salalah has a favorable geographic position e.g. the 2nd busiest sea port in the Middle-East and it is expected that by enhanced collaboration with cargo stakeholders to develop e.g. sea-air transportation services, airfreight volume will be back on growth path in coming years.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

EAG and Emirates Red Crescent support group travelling for Umrah as part of 'Year of Giving'

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has taken part in an exciting philanthropic collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent, to support a group of 15 travellers in experiencing the holy pilgrimage of Umrah.

Three lions go roaring on

The Middle East Three – or ME3, a common collective term for Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Emirates – are on a roll, as Lufthansa Consulting's Guillaume Schmitt and Arvind Chandrasekhar report.

UAE Space Agency and Algerian Space Agency strengthen ties

The UAE Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Algerian counterpart the Algerian Space Agency.

Etihad Airways and Jet Airways sign agreement with Government of Maharashtra

Etihad Airways and strategic partner Jet Airways, India's full-service premium international carrier, have signed an agreement with the Government of Maharashtra to promote tourism to the western Indian state.

Flydubai named Best Low-Cost Airline serving the Middle East

Flydubai was named “Best Low-Cost Airline serving the Middle East” at the 2017 Business Traveller Middle East Awards held in Dubai on 23 April.

Gulf Air Appoints VFS Global to Provide Visas for Bahrain Visitors

Gulf Air has partnered with VFS Global, the largest visa service provider in the world, to facilitate visa issuance for passengers flying to Bahrain. The online visa facility will launch this summer on gulfair.com.

Honeywell ADSBSK2642607172
See us at
AIME BT1204240118Airport Show Dubai BT 2017EBACE17 BT0103240517