Oman Air Cargo Operations Increase 25 Percent in 2018

Muscat, Oman Air Cargo, the cargo division of

Oman Air, the National Carrier of the Sultanate of Oman is now setting

globally competitive logistics standards with its upgraded cargo hub

facility at the new Muscat International Air Cargo Terminal.

The new cargo facility features a 22,780 square-meter, air-

conditioned warehouse with the capacity to handle 350,000 tons of

cargo per annum � a substantially larger capacity than the previous

cargo facility.

Commenting on the new Oman Air Cargo facility, Oman Air’s Chief

Executive Officer, Eng. Abdulaziz al-Raisi said: Oman Air is proud of

its new cargo facility at Muscat Airport, which apart from enhancing the

operations, also provides the opportunity to boost trade and commerce

opportunities for the Sultanate’s economy.

Oman Air has made significant inroads in online, as well as offline

cargo markets and its growth trajectory has been very strong and


With the upgraded facility, Oman Air Cargo’s year-on-year statistics for

the 1st half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 indicate a

25% increase in business. This follows on from a 38% increase in

business for the year 2017, and a 5% increase in 2016.

Mohammed Ali al-Musafir, Oman Air’s Senior Vice President,

Commercial Cargo said “Combined with Oman Air Cargo’s track record

of providing high quality services to its logistics customers, the

upgraded cargo facility now aligns the company with world-class,

globally competitive transport and logistics industry standards and


The new facility includes 367 pallet or 734 container configurations

for Unit Load Device (ULD) storage over three levels, as well as 2,208

Skidded Pallet Positions � all serviced by Elevating Transfer Vehicles


Accompanying these are dedicated bays that can accommodate

three ‘Code F Freighter’ Aircraft, along with twenty-five 40-foot truck

parking bays (or fifty 20-foot truck bays), as well as 400 car parking

bays and 34 truck docks.

The facility also features Bulk Cold Rooms (consisting of 3 chillers,

2 freezers, and 1 ambient room), and ULD Cold Rooms with 28 airline

pallet positions in the chiller rooms, and 8 airline pallet positions in the

freezer rooms.

In addition to this, there are Scissor Lift & ULD Bypass Lane

facilities, as well as X-ray machines for joining and trans-shipment

cargo screening.

The facility also includes a 2,500 square-meter Live Animal Centre, a

228 square-meter Dangerous Goods Room (DGR) with the capacity to

handle 90 skids and loose cartons, and a Vulnerable Goods Cage with

264 pallet positions. The Diplomatic Room, Human Remains Room,

Radioactive Room and Strong Room make up the remainder of the

facility’s handling units.

The entire facility is supported by 24-hour services for import and

export cargo, and its automated cargo system for documentation and

warehousing, export cargo acceptance, and imports cargo delivery.

The Cargo facility accompanied the development of the brand new

passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport, which began its first

commercial operations in March 2018. The new facility is also aligned

with Oman Air’s ambitious and dynamic program of fleet and network


Source: Oman News Agency