Passenger traffic up at Muscat Int. Airport in 2012
Total passenger traffic at both Muscat International Airport and Salalah International Airport showed a steady increase by end of the third quarter of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011, the Times of Oman has reported.
Statistics released by the Air Transport Department at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation indicated that the number of passenger arrivals in Muscat International Airport increased by 18% to 5,640,520 at the end of September 2012, compared to 4,794,152 in the same period of 2011. The number of departing passengers also increased by 17% to 2,699, 022 at the end of September this year compared to 2,314,461 during the same period in 2011.
The increase in traffic through Muscat Airport is reportedly attributed to the introduction of new aviation companies such as Ethiopian Airlines, the United Airlines of Bangladesh.
Air cargo traffic at Muscat International increased in the total unloaded and loaded freight by 15% up to end of September 2012, with total shipment of 84,317 tonnes compared to 73,551 tonnes in 2011.