Muscat enters the top ten after rapid growth in throughput in the first half of 2012. The airport handled 59 415 tonnes of cargo between January and June, a year on year increase of 22.8%.
Oman Air is currently the sole cargo handling agent at Muscat International Airport, but a new cargo facility with a capacity to handle 260,000 tonnes a year and will offer more investment opportunities, is planned. Officials have also revealed that the new expansion projects, the largest ever to be undertaken in Oman and designed to increase capacity to an initial 12 million passengers per annum, are on target to reach its completion in 2013.
Backed by a Saudi sovereign wealth fund, Mohamed Alabbar is set to transform the region’s e-commerce market with the launch of Noon.com. He tells Arabian Business how he plans to conquer and dominate an industry that will be worth $70bn within the next decade.