Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport in Oman have both reported rises in passenger traffic in November 2012 when compared to the corresponding month in 2011.
Passenger traffic, including transit and transfer, at Muscat International Airport rose 17% to 6.89 million in November, up from the 5.9 million registered during the same month last year.
Arrivals traffic at the airport grew by 17% to 3.49 million, while departing passenger traffic rose at the same pace to 3.32 million.
The rise in Muscat International Airport’s arrival and departure traffic was mainly driven by the launch of new air services by Ethiopian Airlines, Bangladesh Airlines and budget carrier IndiGo.
Air cargo traffic at the airport, which includes total unloaded and loaded freight, jumped 15% to 103,155t of shipments during the month, over 89,825t shipped during November 2011.
During November 2012, passenger traffic at Salalah Airport increased by 23% year-on-year to 577,048 passengers.
Salalah Airport reported a 3% decline in its air cargo traffic to 1,368t shipped during the period, compared to 1,404t shipped in November 2011.
Both airports are currently undergoing a OMR2bn ($5.2bn) expansion and modernisation programme; US-based Hill International has secured a $108.2m engineering consultancy contract for the projects.
Expansion work at Muscat International Airport involves construction of a new terminal with a capacity of 12 million passengers a year, while Salalah Airport’s expansion project involves the construction of a new runway and a new terminal with a capacity of one million passengers a year.
Image: The launch of new air services and a rise in flight operations boosted overall passenger traffic at Muscat International Airport in November 2012.