Cargo build­ing in­au­gu­rated at Salalah air­port

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Oman Air­port Ser­vices Com­pany opened its cargo build­ing on Wed­nes­day at Salalah In­ter­na­tional Air­port with H E Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed al Fu­taisi, Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in at­ten­dance.

The open­ing was also at­tended by Dr Mo­hammed bin Nasser al Za’abi, CEO of the Pub­lic Author­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion, and Ab­dul­lah bin Aqeel al Ibrahim, act­ing deputy gov­er­nor of Dho­far.

Ac­cord­ing to H E Dr Fu­taisi, the civil avi­a­tion sec­tor in Oman has wit­nessed great progress in the past few years with sev­eral im­por­tant and mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties open­ing. In a state­ment, the min­is­ter said that the op­er­a­tions of the air cargo ter­mi­nal at Salalah In­ter­na­tional Air­port will com­ple­ment ex­ist­ing and new fa­cil­i­ties which is im­por­tant for mar­ket­ing of air cargo.

He added that the air cargo build­ing was de­signed to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in ad­di­tion to be­ing equipped with the lat­est sys­tems and tech­nol­ogy. The fa­cil­ity was also de­signed fac­tor­ing in Port of Salalah and Salalah Free Zone, which have made the city an im­por­tant lo­gis­tics hub in in­ter­na­tional trade.

H E Dr Fu­taisi noted that Oman Avi­a­tion Group worked on the for­mu­la­tion of an air cargo strat­egy in Oman with the ob­jec­tive of reach­ing a han­dling ca­pac­ity of 730,000 tonnes of air cargo an­nu­ally by 2030 from the cur­rent ca­pac­ity of 210,000 tonnes. Za’abi said that the air cargo ter­mi­nal project came up in three years at a cost of RO34mn.

Oman Avi­a­tion Ser­vices Com- pany started re­ceiv­ing ship­ping or­ders from the new build­ing at 8am on Wed­nes­day, while at 10.30am, the new fa­cil­ity re­ceived its first cargo flight. The first cargo flight left at 11.20am.

The new air cargo build­ing is one of a se­ries of projects at­tached to the de­vel­op­ment of Muscat In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Salalah In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

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The build­ing was opened un­der the aus­pices of H E Dr Ahmed bin Mo­hammed al Fu­taisi (cen­tre)

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