Cargolux  has commenced services to Muscat – the destination becoming the airline’s 79th. A press release stated that Cargolux uses its advanced Boeing 747-8 freighters that offer increased economy and efficiency.
Shaikh Samir bin Ahmed al Nabhani, general manager of commercial operations, Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), said the operation of Muscat route by Cargolux comes due to the constant efforts made by OAMC to attract international airfreight carriers.
Last year, Oman announced the transformation of Muscat International Airport into an international gateway and air freight logistics hub and the construction of a new cargo terminal, capable of handling 260,000 metric tonnes annually, with a further expansion planned to 500,000 tonnes.
The construction, spread over three phases, includes an increase in warehouse space from 7,000sq m to 34,000sq m.
The current freight terminal operates at its maximum capacity of 100,000 tonnes.
In the release, Peter Hoslin, senior manager, airline marketing, OAMC stated, “OAMC, the owner and operator of Muscat International Airport, notes that Cargolux will benefit from and contribute to the fast-growing Muscat cargo market which has increased more than 70 per cent since 2008. We saw a growth of 15 per cent in 2012.”