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Muscat airport handles 6.7 million passengers in 8 months

Number of inbound passengers grows by 14 per cent while that of outbound travellers increases by 13 per cent

Passenger traffic at Muscat International Airport jumped by 13 per cent in the first eight months of the current year, fresh data reveals.

The country’s largest airport handled 6.7 million passengers during the January-August period compared with 5.9m passengers in the same period last year.

The number of inbound passengers edged up by 14 per cent to 3.3m in the eight-month period against 2.9m passengers in the corresponding period of 2014.

The figures published by Al-Roya newspaper revealed that the number of outbound travellers increased to 3.3m, up by 13 per cent compared with 2.9m in the same period last year.

The rise in passenger traffic is mainly driven by more operations by a number of regional airlines to and from Muscat International Airport.

With regards to air cargo, the airport handled a total of 88,657 tonnes against 81,339 tonnes in the same period last year, indicating a growth of nine per cent both in inbound and outbound cargo.