8.5m visitors expected at Muscat Airport this year
Rise of one million passengers from last year's figures
The Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) has predicted a total of 8.5 million visitors at the Muscat International Airport by the end of the year.
According to a report in the Oman Daily Observer, a massive expansion of the airport is already underway, with its facilities being upgraded to handle this predicted increase in passenger traffic.
Shaikh Aimen Ahmed Sultan al Hosni, general manager, Muscat International Airport, OAMC, said: “We are expecting a rise of one million passengers using the Muscat Airport by end of this year, and the total visitors could touch 8.5 million, against 7.5 million in 2012.”
The airport has already seen 5.7 million visitors this year, with the rest of the passenger traffic expected to happen in the following months.
“We are aiming to increase the number of visitors by around 10-11 per cent every year," Aiman said.
As part of the facilities upgrade, new signboards in Arabic, English, Hindi and Urdu are being installed to better help passengers arriving at the airport.
The management also recently launched new iPads and free Internet access for passengers at the airport.