Muscat: All airports in the Sultanate recorded an increase in the number of passengers and flights in January 2017, compared to January 2016.
According to the latest data issued by the Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC), the Muscat International Airport registered a 14.7 per cent rise in passenger numbers during January this year, recording a total of 1,172,537 passengers, compared to 1,021,929 in the same month a year before.
The number of flights also increased by 11 per cent with 9,357 flights in January 2017, compared to 8,427 flights in January, 2016. A 31.8 per cent rise was recorded in cargo in the same month.
The Salalah Airport registered 107,121 passengers, 12.6 per cent more when compared to 95,152 in January 2016.
Flights registered a 12.8 per cent increase with 896 of these passing through the airport during January this year, compared to 794 in the same month last year.
Meanwhile, the Duqm Airport saw 2,116 passengers, a 7 per cent rise compared to 1,981 passengers in January 2016. Aircraft movement also increased by 5.8 per cent in January 2017, with 36 flights on record.
It is worth mentioning that 34 airlines operate currently at the Muscat International Airport while the Salalah Airport has 14 airlines operating and the Duqm just one.
Once the new Muscat International Airport terminal becomes operational, 12 million passengers will be accommodated, and eventually up to a maximum of 18 million, without having to expand any further.