The Oman Aviation Group has stated it wants to transform Oman’s air cargo sector by retaining a large market share, enabling globalisation of the country’s national industries and establishing a logistics hub for global operators.
During an event in Muscat to mark the launch of this plan, which was attended by Oman’s minister for Transport and Communications Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Oman Aviation Services signed an MoU with ground.net, a pan-European ground services alliance launched in 2013. The company unites local experts in a multi-station network to provide airlines with customised passenger, ramp and cargo services. OAS is the first non-European member and expects to benefit from access to new markets, best practices and training.
OAS also signed an MoU to join The International Air Cargo Association.
Since 2013, air cargo in Oman has grown 72 percent from 122,000 tons in 2013 to 210,000 tons last year. It is currently forecast to top 220,000 tons by the end of 2018.
According to freightweek.org, OAG says the increase is driven by globalization as air cargo traffic expands from electronics and consumer goods to perishables, foodstuff, healthcare and pharma - creating a growing need for just-in-time supply chains.
With a significant portion of Muscat’s import and export cargo made up of perishables and temperature-controlled goods including fruits and vegetables and pharmaceutical products, the company says its new 22,500 square metre, air-conditioned terminal and cold room ensures cold chain integrity is maintained throughout the entire handling process.