By Shane McGinley
The airport is in the process of undergoing a $763m expansion
Salalah Airport is aiming to increase passenger traffic capacity to one million
passengers within the next three years, it was reported on Wednesday.
bin Ali Al Nahari, member of tourism committee at the Chamber of Commerce and
Industry in Dhofar Governorate, said, “This project will boost contact with the
outside world. It will boost investments in trade and tourism.”
statistics show that the number of passengers through Salalah Airport rose to
about 258,000 in the first seven months of this year, while the number of
flights grew 7.3 percent, from 2,040 flights to 2,188 flights, according to a
report by the Times of Oman newspaper.
expansion of the airport to accommodate the increased capacity has been
estimated at around OMR294m ($763m) and will include the construction of a new
passenger terminal building, data centre, electricity station, eight passenger
boarding bridges, passenger clearance complex and public car parking area for
project will directly contribute to the advancement of other sectors. The
tourism income has reached three per cent. The project will have a positive
impact on the hotels’ occupancy in the governorate,” Ahmed bin Awad Al Hassan
of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dhofar Governorate, told the newspaper.
Along with airport expansion, Oman should also allow other regional carriers to operate to and fro to salalah, At the moment it is only Oman air, which connects salalah to the rest of the world. Salalah is a beautiful city and has immense potential for tourism, It is very inconvient for residence of the city allows to make connections at Muscat rather then flying direct to thier intended destination. I only hope with this airport expansion, other international flights will also be allowed to operate.