MUSCAT: Suhar Airport received Qeshm Air’s inaugural flight between Suhar and Shiraz, which will be a three-times-a-week service. Qeshm Air is the third foreign airline after Qatar Airways and Air Arabia to operate direct flights to Suhar Airport. SalamAir operates frequent domestic flights through Suhar Airport to Salalah.
The Iranian airline seeks to increase the frequencies between Suhar and Shiraz to promote tourism and economic opportunities between the two destinations.
Suhar is among the airports that government attaches great importance, with plans and projects underway to help boost aircraft movement to reach two million passengers in the coming years.
“The inauguration of Qeshm Air flight is an added value to air traffic at Suhar Airport. It will enable us to channel heavier travel movements through the airport and promote it as another destination for international passengers traveling to Oman,” Ali Thani AlKhayfi, Suhar Airport Director, said.
He said. “The airport is witnessing rapid growth in travel movement and is contributing, based on the developed plans, to raise the number of passengers to attain two million passengers in the forthcoming years.”
By the end of November 2019, the number of domestic passengers reached 290,946 passengers on 2,236 flights, in addition to 274,047 international passengers on 2,106 flights.
Following the approval of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation, Qeshm Air will be operating seven flights a week to Suhar Airport – two departing from Isfahan, three from Shiraz, one from Mashhad and one from Ahvaz.
Oman Aviation Group is working on a plan to expand the current terminal to 3000 sqm, aimed at transforming the building into two terminals: one for arrival and one for departure. The project aims also to make the airport operational around the clock with the ability to accommodate additional flights transferred from Muscat International Airport in cases of emergency.