Muscat, Oman Aviation Group today organized ‘Air Cargo Horizon’ Forum. The Forum cast light on the air cargo sector and the growth witnessed by the Sultanate in this field. It also highlighted the great potentials in the Sultanate, such as the new air cargo building at Muscat International Airport, which is provided with the state-of-the art equipment.
Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al- Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications and Chairman of Oman Aviation Group, who sponsored the opening ceremony said that the Sultanate seeks to achieve high growth rates in air cargo. He added in a statement to reporters that the Group is currently taking steps to achieve these aspirations.
He noted that the Sultanate has the needed infrastructure that enable it to achieve such high growth, such as the new air cargo building which has been designed as per world-class standards. It also has other air cargo building in the other airport, in addition to high quality airports, ports and road networks.
He added that Oman Aviation Group’s strategy aims at increasing the air cargo capacity of the Sultanate to 780,000 tons by 2030 and 1.5 million tons by 2040. He pointed out that the strategy will be implemented through three strategic pillars that were developed to achieve a qualitative leap in the air cargo in the Sultanate. The strategy seeks to maintain the Sultanate’s share in the market, integrate the national industries and crate a regional logistic center for the major companies in the world.
On his part, Mostafa bin Mohammed al- Hinai, CEO of the Omani Aviation Group said that the strategy implemented by the Group aims at achieving economy growth, contributing to attracting air cargo business to the region and enhancing Oman Air and other air carriers’ air cargo capabilities. He affirmed that the Sultanate is making endeavors to achieve high growth rates in air cargo and it is expected that the capacity is increased to 780,000 tons by 2030.
He pointed out that the air cargo sector has achieved high growth rates since 2013. The air cargo activity increased from 122,000 tons in 2013 to 210,000 tons in 2017. The figure increased to 220,671 tons per annum; an increase of 71% in the cargo activity.
The Forum included a presentation on the new air cargo building which includes 22,500 square meter warehouse that is provided with leading technologies. The warehouse, which follows the best practices in the region, is provided with an advanced handling systems.
At the end of the Forum, the Minister of Transport and Communications and a number of experts in the field of aviation toured the new building and reviewed the processes used in the handling of goods.
Source: Oman News Agency