Air cargo volumes jumps 310% in January at Salalah Airport

Salalah Airport
Salalah Airport

January air cargo volumes “significantly up” at Salalah Airport

Salalah: The air cargo building at Salalah Airport succeeded in achieving an unprecedented achievement in terms of the number of times of handling and clearing air cargo that was handled during the first month of 2024.

The data showed a huge jump in the volume of air cargo handling in January, at a rate exceeding 310 percent over the volume of shipments for the same period last year, and at a rate exceeding 185 percent over the same month in 2022.

The number of shipments handled in January 2024 exceeded the numbers for the same period in 2019 – that is, before the pandemic – which gives a positive indication and a clear indication of the steady growth of air cargo traffic through Salalah Airport. The data provided and analyzed by the air cargo business development team at Oman Airports also indicated a steady increase in cargo handling volumes since the end of the last quarter of last year.

The growth rate exceeded 48 percent over the last quarter of 2022 and exceeded 13 percent over the total freight handling of the same year.

Zakaria bin Yacoub Al Harrasi, Vice President of Salalah Airport, explained that Salalah Airport achieved the high numbers and percentage during the first month of this year as a translation of the combined efforts of various parties with the efforts undertaken by the Commercial Operations Unit at Oman Airports in order to advance the air cargo sector at Salalah Airport through initiatives that It is concerned with promoting the air cargo building and attracting freight agents and dealers in the air freight sector to use it as an effective air port for transporting goods to global markets.

He added that providing all necessary support and facilities to business owners in the local market in Dhofar Governorate in activities related to air freight will contribute to marketing the air cargo building and promoting Salalah Airport as a unique strategic location and a vital air port that has all the logistical capabilities to deal with all types of air shipments to and from the Sultanate of Oman.

It is noteworthy that the success of the launch of the sea-air connection flight, which took place during the month of September of last year, successfully achieved the desired strategic objectives, as it gave a clear indication to the global shipping markets of the extent of the integration of the logistical system between the ports and airports in the Sultanate of Oman. It also highlighted the exceptional geographical location of the Sultanate of Oman. On trade lanes and the global shipping map; Its proximity to major markets makes it a gateway for the flow of shipments between continents.

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