Airport World - Joe Bates

Sheikh Aimen Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, provides Joe Bates with an update on the progress of Muscat International Airport and the development of his country’s airport system.

How many passengers MCT handle in 2022 and what is the forecast for this year?

We handled 8.6 million passengers at Muscat Airport in 2022, which was more than double the 3.7 million that passed through the airport in 2021. If you remember, MCT welcomed an all-time high of 16 million passengers in 2019, which dipped to 4.0 million in 2020 and the low of 3.7 million the following year. This year we are on target to accommodate around 12 million passengers in Muscat.

What comes next for Oman’s airports in terms of your vision 2040?

Our next steps involve continued infrastructure investments to align with Vision 2040 goals along with airport land development for diversification and competitiveness. Notably, we completed Phase 1 of Logistic Gate last year and plan to finish the remaining phase next year. This will help us position Oman Airports as a key enabler of economic growth in the state.

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