Oman Air Cargo’s new Muscat facility helps boost freight traffic

Oman Air Cargo’s new new freight facility at Muscat Airport has helped boost volumes during the first half of the year.

The new cargo facility, which features a 22,780 sq m, air-conditioned warehouse with the capacity to handle 350,000 tons of cargo per annum, opened in March.

The airline said that since its opening, cargo traffic has increased rapidly. In the first half of 2018 volumes were up by 25% year on year.

The facility also offers 367 pallet or 734 container storage positions over three levels, as well as 2,208 Skidded Pallet Positions – all serviced by Elevating Transfer Vehicles (ETV).

Accompanying these are dedicated bays that can accommodate three ‘Code F Freighter’ Aircraft, along with twenty-five 40ft truck parking bays, as well as 400 car parking bays and 34 truck docks.

Oman Air chief executive 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 steady. ”

Mohammed Ali Al Musafir, Oman Air 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 trends.”

As well as the features mentioned above, the new hub will also cater for temperature sensitive traffic.

The facility features bulk cold rooms (consisting of three chillers, two freezers, and one ambient room), and ULD cold rooms with 28 airline pallet positions in the chiller rooms, and eight airline pallet positions in the freezer rooms.

In addition to this, there are scissor lift and ULD bypass lane facilities, as well as X-ray machines for joining and trans-shipment cargo screening.

The facility also includes a 2,500 sq m live animal centre, a 228 sq m 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 toom 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 expansion,” the airline said.

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