Oman’s airports see strong cargo surges

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Oman Airports says cargo volumes at Muscat International Airport enjoyed positive growth of 10 per cent, where tonnage in 2015 reached 134,500 tonnes, which was a rise on the 122,189 tonnes in 2014.

The airport operator was driven by Oman Air and Cargolux signing a joint venture agreement last year, as they look to develop Muscat as a consolidation centre and a transit hub for shipments.

By end of 2015, Cargolux was operating already a second weekly frequency to Chennai by Boeing 747 Freighter.

The airport also benefitted from Oman Air’s rapid growth, which was supported by introduction of first two Boeing 787 aircrafts in its growing fleet, while Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, Emirates, Air India and Turkish Airlines grew last year as well.

Additionally, Salalah International Airport has also shown improvement in freight volumes growing by 27 per cent, handling 1,583 tonnes, up on the 1,231 tonnes in 2014.

Oman Airports says Salalah has a favourable geographic position and it is expected that airfreight growth will continue in the future by linking Africa and Europe.