MUSCAT, Oman, Muscat International Airport has won the 2018 ‘World Leading New Airport’ at the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards in Lisbon, Portugal.

The award was received by Sheikh Ayman bin Ahmed Al-Hosani, CEO of Oman Airports Company, who said that, the award was the result of efforts to write a new chapter in the company’s journey towards excellence, at a time when Muscat International Airports seeks to enrich the experience of passengers with the best service, as well as, uplifting the operational competency.

Al-Hosani was quoted as saying that, the Sultanate, represented by Oman Airports Company, will host the 2019 World Travel Awards, noting that the hosting of this event will enhance the Sultanate’s position as an ideal destination for hosting international events of this kind, which in turn will enhance the diversification of national economic strategy.

He added that, the Oman travel and tourism sector is growing steadily, after the opening of the new Muscat International Airport, saying that, the total number of flights to Muscat International Airport, during the first ten months of this year was 89,368, an increase of 5.2 percent over last year, and the number of passengers rose 10.5 percent to reach 11,705,440 passengers.

The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993, with the aim of honouring excellence in various travel and tourism sectors. The award is being awarded by a number of industry professionals and travellers from around the world.