Muscat International Airport has been awarded the prestigious title ‘Best Leading Airport 2018’ by World Travel Awards, officials have revealed. The award ceremony was held in Lisbon, Portugal.
Recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence, this year’s ceremony saw the participation of leading travel and tourism service providers from around the world. Commercially opened in March of this year with a gross floor area of approximately 580,000 sqm, the new airport has the capacity to serve 20 million passengers per year.
Since opening its doors, the airport has received worldwide acclaim for its Omani-themed architecture, advanced technology, and exceptional passenger experience. With an expansion potential of upto80 million passengers per annum, it was designed and constructed to the highest standards of quality and service, meeting the International Air Transport Association’s classification for top airports. As a result, it was voted Best New Middle East Tourism Development Project at the World Travel Awards just four weeks after starting its operations.
The Sultanate, represented by Oman Airports will play host to the 2019 World Travel Awards. The country will welcome professionals from all over the world who will congregate in Muscat, to acknowledge the leaders in one of the most competitive industries globally.
Today, the travel and tourism sector in Oman has seen tremendous growth as a result of the opening of the new Muscat International airport. Between January and October 2018, the total number of flights arriving at Muscat International Airport was 89,368, a 5.2% increase from last year while the number of passengers increased by 10.5% from 2017, reaching 11,705,440.
By end of 2018, the total number of passengers flying into the airport is expected to have reached a record 16 million.
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