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Oman Gets New International Airport

  Muscat Airport

The first phase of Oman’s brand new Muscat International Airport is currently operational and has increased passenger capacity to 20 million- up from the previous 12 million passengers recorded in 2017. The state-of-the-art airport has been designed to be the shining symbol of the Sultanate of Oman.

The new airport is designed as ICAO category 4F airports which will be able to accommodate the world`s largest aircraft, Airbus A380 and the runway will enable independent parallel operations. The passenger terminals built with the latest technology are aligned with IATA Service Level A standards. The total gross area for the new Muscat International terminal building is 580,000 m2 with an overall airport land area of 21 km2.


Airports Council International Launches
New Landside Secuirty Handbook


As part of its continuing commitment to promote a common-sense approach to security, Airports Council International (ACI) World will launch the first edition of its new ACI Landside Security Handbook.

This guidance is intended to help operators ensure that all aspects of landside security, including prevention, deterrence and incident management, have been considered in their procedures. It updates and brings together the best elements of managing security from the current experience of airports around the world involved in this crucial task. The Handbook also provides many examples and options for different operating environments and may be used as a standalone guide or to complement an APEX in Security review.

“Security remains our top priority at ACI World and the ACI Handbook is an indispensable resource to help airport authorities protect the security of the travelling public and employees at the airport,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “Airports already exercise best practice, take all threats seriously, and apply rigorous security methods but, in such a complex global aviation system, the potential for gaps to develop sometimes exists. Through this new handbook and the range of training and support that we provide, ACI is committed to addressing them.”

Air Freight Growth Slows

  Alexandre de Juniac, Director, IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 1.7% in March 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was five percentage points lower than the February result and the slowest pace of growth in 22 months.

The year-on-year increase in capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTK) fell to 4.4% compared to 6.3% in February. This was the first time in 20 months, however, that annual capacity rose faster than demand.

The sharp growth slowdown is principally due to the end of the restocking cycle, during which businesses rapidly increased their inventory to meet unexpectedly high demand. A softening of global trade is also evident.

Air Freight Growth Slows

  Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI

Airports Council International (ACI) World reported global passenger traffic grew by 6.6% in February on a year-on-year basis. This growth is in line with the 12-month rolling average of global growth which has also been recorded as +6.6%.

The numbers signalled regained momentum in global passenger growth following a slower January which was negatively affected by the timing of the Lunar New Year.

The continued high growth figures posted by the global freight market moderated in February, reaching +6.3% year-on-year. The impact this has on the 12-month rolling average for the freight market – which stands at +7.9% - is limited but the prospect of a trade war between the United States and other major economies risks eroding the strength of this continued growth.

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