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Oman’s air­ports chief hails pas­sen­ger, rev­enue growth

Pas­sen­ger num­bers us­ing air­ports in Oman have risen by 7% over the past year, says Sheikh Ai­men bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO, Oman Air­ports

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Pas­sen­ger num­bers us­ing air­ports in Oman have risen by 7% over the past year and rev­enues have been boosted by the open­ing of the new Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port, a se­nior gov­er­ment of­fi­cial has said.

In an in­ter­view with Bloomberg, Sheikh Ai­men bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO, Oman Air­ports, said per­for­mance has been “very pos­i­tive”.

“We are per­form­ing bet­ter than many other air­ports in the Mid­dle East, es­pe­cially dur­ing these chal­leng­ing times in the re­gion,” he said, ad­ding that a 15% in­crease in trans­fer pas­sen­gers has been seen in Mus­cat.

He said the open­ing of the new Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port in March has helped the com­pany achieve an in­crease in rev­enue.

Al Hosni also said Salalah Air­port is also per­form­ing very well and ex­pe­ri­enced a record break­ing Kha­reef sea­son this year, with over 630,000 tourists vis­it­ing the re­gion, com­pared to around 470,000 in the same pe­riod in 2017.

He added that there has been steady cargo growth in Mus­cat over the last 12 months, which has been bol­stered by the open­ing of a new cargo fa­cil­ity back in March. The new fa­cil­ity boasts a ca­pac­ity of up to 380,000 tonnes.

“This is def­i­nitely a tar­geted growth area for Oman Air­ports over the com­ing years, and we will be work­ing closely with our na­tional stake­hold­ers and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to con­tinue to im- prove and man­age the cargo mar­ket in Oman,” he told Bloomberg.

The last few years has seen growth in the avi­a­tion sec­tor in Oman with three air­ports open­ing in three years, with the start of op­er­a­tions at the new Salalah Air­port in June 2015, the open­ing of the new Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port in March 2018 and the open­ing of the new Duqm air­port in Sep­tem­ber 2018.

“The scale of the projects to build and open the new air­ports is un­prece­dented in Oman in terms of in­vest­ment, pro­file and pres­tige. 10 years in the plan­ning, the new Mus­cat In­ter­na­tional Air­port ter­mi­nal cost $1.8 bil­lion and the Salalah ter­mi­nal cost $950 mil­lion, with fur­ther in­vest­ment in an­cil­lary in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing roads,” he added.

 ??  ?? Salalah Air­port has ex­pe­ri­enced a record break­ing Kha­reef sea­son this year, with over 630,000 tourists vis­it­ing the re­gion.
Salalah Air­port has ex­pe­ri­enced a record break­ing Kha­reef sea­son this year, with over 630,000 tourists vis­it­ing the re­gion.

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