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Salalah International Airport

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Salalah International Airport (IATA:SLL, ICAO:OOSA) is the Sultanate of Oman's secondary international airport after Muscat International Airport. It is located on the Salalah coastal plain in the Dhofar Governorate, 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) northeast of Salalah's city centre. The airport features flights to regional destinations as well as a few intercontinental charter services from Europe.

Salalah International Airport

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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment
OperatorOAMC
ServesSalalah, Oman
Elevation AMSL73 ft / 22 m
Coordinates17°02′20″N 54°05′32″E / 17.03889°N 54.09222°E / 17.03889; 54.09222Coordinates: 17°02′20″N 54°05′32″E / 17.03889°N 54.09222°E / 17.03889; 54.09222
Websitesalalahairport.co.om
Map
SLL is located in Oman
SLL
SLL
Location of Airport in Oman
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 3,997 13,114 Asphalt
Source: GCM[1] Google Maps[2]

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

Salalah Airport opened in 1977. Initially, it only handled domestic flights from Muscat and a few chartered flights. Oman Air Services (OAS) began services to Salalah in 1982 and the inaugural flight of Oman Air arrived from Muscat in April 1993.[3] The airport was earlier primarily used as a military airfield by the Royal Air Force (RAF Salalah) and latterly, co-located with the civilian airport, by the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO Salalah).

In 2003, the Salalah airport got the status of an international airport. Oman Air began scheduled services to Dubai from Salalah in 2003, leading to increased passenger traffic while other Gulf carriers operated flights only during the Khareef season. The following year, Air India commenced operations to Kozhikode and then to Cochin, making it the first airline to operate non-seasonal international flights to Salalah.[4] Since 2003, the airport experienced increases in passenger traffic and civilian aircraft traffic.[5] The area is a popular tourist destination for both local citizens and foreigners, especially from July to September when the Asian monsoon touches the region commencing the start of the Khareef season, making it an unusually attractive location within the normally arid Gulf region.

Development since the 2000sEdit

In 2011 planning and construction began for the new state-of-the-art Salalah Airport. The move was made by the Ministry of Transport and Communication to further boost the city's tourism sector as well as to cater to the growing number of passengers flying to-and-from the city. Deals were signed with more than 20 different construction companies[6] to complete the International Airport in deals worth $854 million.[7] COWI A/S-Larsen Joint Venture had been the main consultant on the project, which was later taken over by HILL INTERNATIONAL LLC.[8]

The Salalah Airport is planned to cater to one million passengers in the first phase. Also the construction of a second, 4-km runway is scheduled for the new airport.[9] The airport's current runway will also be expanded to cater to the largest of aircraft, as well as the construction of a new parallel taxiway to the north.[10] The international airport will also feature a 65,000 sqm passenger terminal building with car parking for up to 3,000 vehicles and a 57-meter high ATC Tower .[6][9]

Design of the airport takes into account future development projects and allows expansion to cater for up to six million passengers per year, if required.[11]

The new Salalah airport commenced operations in June 2015, with an Oman Air flight from Muscat becoming the first airline to arrive at the new airport. However, the new airport was officially opened in November 2015. The old Airport situated to South of the new one has since been transformed into a Domestic and Emergency Airport.

FacilitiesEdit

The new international airport has been marked as having more extraordinary facilities than the old airport. A new Duty Free service has been started by a private company in association with the OAMC. Many food counters have been providing services since its opening. Oman Air placed a new lounge opposite to the airside and gates in the new terminal for Business Class, First Class, and Economy Class passengers who are Gold and Silver Sinbad Service Card holders. The airport has a rating from passengers that it is providing an effective lounge and Duty-Free services. The new airport has four aerobridges with an air conditioning facility. It is expected that the new terminal will help to boost not only the city's tourism but also the local and international passenger movement.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Year Total passengers Total Freight including Mail in Tons Total Civil Aircraft movements
2018 1,386,994   [20] 979   15,518 [21]
2017 1,485,635   1,327   17,511
2016 1,198,846   1,563   10,703
2015 1,027,578   1,350   10,293
2014 841,970   [22] 1,799   8,571[22]
2013 746,994   1,417   7,944
2012 629,305   1,335   6,175
2011 513,278   1,366   5,520
2010 455,297   1,283   5,085
2009 426,503   1,284   5,045
2008 407,788   1,129   4,248
2007 337,679   1,110   4,079
2006 288,700   1,441   4,215

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Airport information for OOSA at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ "Salalah International Airport". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  3. ^ "History". Oman Air. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Your Gateway to Oman". Omanairports.com. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Oman Airports". Oman Airports. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b "New Salalah airport to handle 2 million passengers". Archived from the original on 6 May 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "Muscat Airport terminal ready by end of 2013". ConstructionWeekOnline.com. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b "Salalah Airport, Oman". COWI. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ "Salalah International Airport, Salalah". Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  11. ^ "Oman's airports offer opportunities". Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Express schedule". airindiaexpress.in. 18 October 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.etihad.com/en-ae/about-us/etihad-news/archive/2019/etihad-airways-announces-new-seasonal-routes-to-alexandria-and-salalah/
  14. ^ "Gulf Air resumes Salalah service in S19". www.routesonline.com. 19 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Flight Times". neosair.it/en.
  16. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/283061/salam-air-network-expansion-in-s19/
  17. ^ "Smartwings adds scheduled Salalah charter in W18". www.routesonline.com. 18 October 2018.
  18. ^ a b "air and charter tickets". itaka.pl. 4 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Travel Service Slovakia adds Salalah in 1H18". routesonline.com. 24 October 2017.
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  22. ^ a b [3]

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