Oman is aiming to reach 40 million airline passengers passing through the sultanate’s airports by 2030, more than double the current number.
Current figures show around 18 million pass through the sultanate’s airports, but the Oman Aviation Group, which includes Oman Air and Oman Airports, has set an ambitious target of reaching 40 million passengers by 2030, according to a report by Arabian Business’ sister website Aviation Business.
“Our expansion plans are based on achieving a target of more passengers by 2020 and adding more airlines connecting Oman to the world. Our main focus is to contribute to Oman’s Vision 2040 by developing the sector’s business potential and promoting it globally. We have teams working on key national initiatives such as developing airport vicinities, distribution plans, and growing sea-to-air cargo capability,” Mustafa Al Hinai, CEO of Oman Aviation Group, was quoted as saying.
Oman currently has a capacity to handle around 24 million passengers so it will need to invest in boosting its infrastructure if it wants to reach the new target.
Last year saw the launch of a new terminal at Muscat International Airport (MCT), which helped to boost Oman Airports’ revenue figure for the year by 27 percent and helped attract 1.3 million more passengers through the Omani capital.
Oman Air, the country’s national carrier, reported a 14 percent year-on-year increase in the number of passengers last year, reaching a total of 9.7 million.
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