Muscat International Airport hits record numbers, handles 7.5 million Passengers in 2012

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The new terminal at Muscat International Airport would be completed by 2014 and will have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers annually. Further expansions planned in three subsequent phases will ultimately boost the airport’ capacity to 24, 36 and 48 million passengers, respectively. Image courtesy-OAMC

Muscat International airport saw its passenger numbers rise to record numbers of more than 7.5 million in 2012, a 16 per cent growth compared to 2011. The report released by the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) reveals that Oman is currently witnessing growth in its aviation sector.

The highest month of the year was in July 2012 with 648,555 passengers travelling, due to the holy month of Ramadhan and most holiday travellers preferred to travel and return during the month of July. The highest day of the year was on Wednesday 19 December 2012 with 24,800 passengers travelling, this being the weekend before the Christmas holidays.

Passenger traffic have also reached record numbers at Salalah airport as for the first time in history, with 629,305 passengers travelling through the airport in 2012 compared to 513,278 passengers in 2011 an increase of 23%. The highest month of the year was during the Khareef season of Aug 2012 with 63,944 passengers travelling through the airport.

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