Muscat: Muscat International Airport has achieved rapid success and great leaps in the number of passengers and air traffic in the years since the opening of new passenger terminal building, which was built according to the highest international standards compared to the number of passengers and air traffic in the years prior to its opening in 2018, as the number of passengers at Oman’s airports approached 20 million at the end of 2019, according to a plan developed by “Oman Airports Company” to reach this number by 2020.
According to the National Center for Statistics and Information, there has been increase in the number of international and domestic flights at Muscat International Airport by 114.8 percent, as the number of flights reached 34,556 flights until the end of July of 2022, while, 4,251,173 passengers used the airport, compared to 16,084 flights and 1,647,724 passengers in 2021.
The number of arrivals through airports in the Sultanate of Oman recorded a remarkable increase by 187 percent, as the total number of incoming, departing and transferred passengers at Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm airports reached 4,907,599 passengers until the end of July 2022, while the number of outbound passengers increased by 127 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
Oman Airports, in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and the Royal Oman Police, has been offering a series of incentives, whether for airlines or travel companies.
Several factors included in these large jumps in the number of passengers in that short period, the most important of which is the acceleration of economic, tourism and commercial growth in the Sultanate of Oman during that period, in addition to the opening of new facilities for Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport, and the international reputation that the “Airports” company has been able to achieve.
Oman Airport was awarded the best airport operator in the world in 2019 at the World Travel Awards 2019, and Muscat International Airport received the award for the most improved airport in customer service experience in the East Middle East from the Airports Council International.
At the beginning of 2020, the number of airlines operating at Muscat International Airport was 32.
One of the factors of this growth was the efforts of the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, “Oman Air” and the Oman’s budget airline, “SalamAir” to make Muscat International Airport a hub for transfer flights linking East and West.
The growth rate doubled in a short period as a result of all these data to exceed the rate that It was placed before the opening of the airport, which put the airport at the top of the list of many regional and international awards in the aviation, tourism and travel sectors.
The Muscat Airport has been configured to accommodate more than 56 million passengers in later stages to accommodate future travel movement to and from the Sultanate of Oman, which will naturally be accompanied by several incentives, including the visa-free facility to the nationality of 103 countries, and all incentive measures to support investment and tourism in the Sultanate of Oman, which it is hoped will positively impact significantly on the growth of traffic through the airport in the coming period.
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