The number of passengers traveling through the sultanate’s airports in the first quarter of 2020 saw a decline of 468,972 passengers or 11.6 per cent when compared to the same period in 2019.
Although Oman Air stopped its domestic and international operations on March 29, Oman had begun putting restrictions on departure and arrivals from many countries starting from the first week of February itself.
Oman’ airports in Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqm saw 3,571,647 passengers travelling in 27,535 flights in Q1 2020 while 4,040,619 passengers travelled in 32,241 flights in 2019, according to the preliminary data issued by the National Centre for Statistics and Information.
Travellers from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were most mobile at Muscat International Airport in the month of March 2020 when the number of Indian passengers reached 77,397 (Arrivals: 38,578, Departures: 38,819), Bangladeshis 24,283 (Arrivals: 13,672, Departures: 10, 611) and Pakistani passengers 20,761 (Arrivals: 11,576, Departures: 9,185).
The number of passengers through Muscat International Airport, including arrivals, departures and transit by the end of first quarter was 3,202,105 passengers, a decrease of its 20 per cent over the same period in 2019 while the number of flights were 24,499, a decrease of 14.9 percent.
The number of international flights through Muscat International Airport until the end of March this year was 22,317, in which 2,964,899 passengers travelled, a decrease of 3.15 per cent over last year.
Domestic flights via Muscat International Airport recorded a decrease of 10.6 per cent, numbering 2,182 flights in which 237,206 passengers traveled, down by 14.7 per cent.
The number of passengers traveling through Salalah Airport until the end of March 2020 was 286,329, a decrease of 15.7 percent.
Sohar airport received, as of the end of March, 68,714 passengers, who traveled aboard 534 international flights (Arrivals: 33,962 passengers, Departures 34,752 passengers).
As for Duqm Airport, it received 152 flights with 14,499 passengers, an increase in the number of passengers by 3 per cent compared to the end of March 2019.
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