Muscat: Total passenger traffic (including transit & transfer passengers) through Muscat International Airport increased by 20 per cent to 1,021,929 passengers during January 2016 compared to 851,588 passengers for the same period of 2015.
Statistics show an increase in the arrival of passengers by 22 per cent to 517,473 during January this year compared to 425,045 passengers for the same period for 2015.
The number of departing passengers also rose by 19 per cent to 501,946 during January this year comparing to 420,629 passengers for the same period of 2015.
The increase in arrival and departure traffic into Muscat International Airport is attributed to the increase in the number of flights operated by existing airlines, such as Bangladesh Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and SpiceJet Ltd.
In terms of Air cargo traffic at Muscat International airport, Aviation Statistics indicate an increase in the total unloaded and loaded freight by 19 per cent, with total shipment (10,663 tonnes) compared to (8,996 tonnes) in the same period in 2015.
Salalah Airport also witnessed an increase by 16 per cent in the total number of arrival and departure of passengers to 95,152 in January 2016 compared to 81,877 passengers during the same period in 2015.
As for the movement of Air Cargo at Salalah Airport, Freight traffic recorded 17 per cent increase in total unloaded and loaded freight, bringing the shipment to ( 137 tonnes) during January 2016 compared to (117 tonnes) in the same period in 2015.