Oman Airports manages and maintains all airports in the Sultanate of Oman consisting of (Muscat, Salalah, Duqm, and Sohar); Muscat and Salalah International Airport provide connectivity for worldwide passengers traveling beyond Oman. Muscat International Airport is connected to 73 destinations, serving 33 countries by 30 international airlines and Salalah International Airport is connected to 19 destinations, serving 8 countries by 14 international airlines.
National Carrier Oman Air continues its dynamic network expansion announcing three new routes in 2018 - Casablanca, Istanbul, and Moscow. Similarly, Salam Air, Oman ’s first budget airline launched five new routes operating to/from Muscat including Dhaka, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kuwait city and Najaf making Muscat International Airport a hub for connecting passengers to beyond destinations.
Asian Inbound tourism is steadily increasing thanks to the full range of airlines operating to Asia. Oman Air flies to (Guangzhou, Mali, Manila, Bangkok, and Kuala Lumpur) Thai Airways (via Karachi to Bangkok), and Sri Lankan Airlines to (Colombo). In addition to carriers like Air India Express, Indigo, Air India, Air Blue, Biman Bangladesh, Jet Airways, Pakistan Airlines, Regent Airways, Shaheen Air, Spice Jet and US Bangla Airlines connecting to cities in the Indian Subcontinent.
We are looking to expand our network to new routes in the Far East and South East Asia and by attending significant events like Routes Asia, World Routes and IATA Slot Conferences, more opportunities are ongoing to connect with Asian airlines and airports to discuss further business cases and collaborations.
One of Oman Airports’ goals is to attract inbound tourism to Oman aligning with the governments’ investment in Oman’s tourism and hospitality sector; projected investment at around $50 billion over the next two decades, underlining the increasingly prominent role the sector plays in driving the nation’s long-term economic development. Therefore, we continue to focus on increasing the connectivity; connecting Asia to Africa and Europe through Oman Airports.