Feb 08, 2016: Freight Transport at Muscat International Airport witnessed positive growth of 10 percent, where the cargo volumes in 2015 reached 134.5 thousand tonnes compared to 2014. Additionally, Salalah Airport has also shown improvement in freight volumes growing by 27 percent.
Oman Air and Cargolux signed a joint venture agreement in 2015 aiming to develop Muscat as a consolidation centre and a transit hub for shipments. By end of the year Cargolux was operating already a second weekly frequency to Chennai by B747 freighter.
Salalah has a favorable geographic position and it is expected that airfreight growth continues also in the future.
The number of passengers in Muscat International Airport exceeded first time ever 10 million passengers (+18 percent). Additionally, Muscat International Airport broke first time 1 million passenger milestone per month in August 2015. Salalah International Airport broke also its record, over 1.0 million passengers (+22 percent) to the newly opened, state of the art airport, resulting in increase in both domestic and international travel.
Samer Al Nabhani, general manager commercial operations, Oman Airports stated that, “Oman airports have witnessed rapid growth over the past years doubling the passenger’s numbers only in the past 5 year. This growth was attributed to different passenger mix including business, leisure and tourist travelers from various destinations. We continued to boost the inbound tourism accessibility to Oman by facilitating the operation new airlines expanding the routes availability.
Oman Airports witnessed new destinations during the year when Oman Air started its operations to Singapore and Goa, India. Additionally, two new airlines started from Iranian market and a new carrier from Damascus, Syria. Transfer traffic in Muscat International Airport increased by 32 percent reaching nearly 3.8 million transfer passengers strengthening the airport’s hub strategy.
In addition to Oman Air’s rapid growth supported by introduction of first two B787 aircrafts in its growing fleet, also Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, Emirates, Air India and Turkish Airlines showed double digit growth numbers in 2015.