Air traffic movement at Muscat International Airport by the end of the first quarter 2014 witnessed an increase in the total number of flights and passengers. The total number of flights increased by 1.3% standing at 40,204 flights by the end of June 2014 compared to 39,695 flights in the same period last year.
The total number of passengers passing through Muscat International Airport increased by 7.5% over the first half of 2014, reaching 4,430,676 passengers compared to 4,122,548 passengers in the same period last year.
Breaking down the figures, the total number of international flights at Muscat International Airport reached 35,510 flights in the first six months of 2014, compared with 35,206 flights registered over the same period in 2013 representing a growth of 0.9%. A recently published air traffic report issued by the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) reveals that the total number of passengers on international flights passing through Muscat International Airport - including arrivals, departures and transit passengers - increased by 7.5%, standing at 4,040,128 passenger compared with 3,758,421 passenger over the same period last year, 2,004,476 of whom were classified as arriving passengers, 2,018,544 departing passengers and 17,108 transit passengers.
During the same recording period, the total number of domestic flights through Muscat international Airport until end of June reached 4,694 flights compared with 4,489 flights over the same period last year, representing 4.6% growth. Meanwhile, the total volume of passengers travelling on domestic flightsreached 390,548 this year, compared to last year's figure of 364,127, representing an annual growth of 7.3%.
Meanwhile, air traffic at Salalah Airport witnessed a remarkable activity during the same period, recording a significant rise in the total number of flights and passengers. The overall volume of flights by the end of the first half of 2014 stood at 3,982 flights compared with 3,100 flights in the same period last year, representing an increase of 28.5%. Additionally, the total number of passengers increased by 15.6% totaling 386,029 compared to 333,979 passengers in the same period last year.
Air traffic movement data shows that the total number of international flights at Salalah Airport until the end of June 2014 reached 1,490 flights compared with 722 flights during the first half of 2013, representing an annual increase of 106.4%, while the total number of passengers travelling on international flights increased by 74.5% standing at 115,913 passengers compared with 66,419 passenger. The total number of domestic flights at Salalah Airport by the end of June 2014 reached 2,492 flights compared with 2,378 flights, representing an annual increase of 4.8%. The total number of domestic passengers travelling through Salalah Airport grew by 1% over the same period.