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The small country of Oman is watching tourism boom in its Middle Eastern neighbors and must work to attract a more global portfolio of visitors in order to achieve similar rapid growth.
Total passenger traffic through Muscat International Airport increased by 10 percent in the first two months of 2013, latest figures reveal.
More than 1.3 million passengers used the airport for the period to the end of February compared to just over 1.2 million passengers for the same period of 2012.
Statistics issued by the Air Transport Department at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) showed arrival passengers totalled 683,906 while departures rose 13 percent to 635,442.
PACA said the increase was attributed to the increase of the number of flights by some airlines operating into Muscat International Airport, such as Oman Air, Biman Bangladesh Air and Turkish Airlines.
The statistics also showed that Salalah Airport, Oman’s second airport, witnessed a six percent increase in passengers to 107,366, compared to 100,897 for the same period of 2012.
Total passenger traffic through Muscat International Airport increased by 16 percent to more than 7.5 million in 2012 compared to the previous year.
The increase in airport traffic comes as Oman’s tourism industry seeks to expand. According to STR Global, Oman’s hotel sector is set to grow by 42 percent with 1,992 rooms to be built.