Cargolux Airlines added Muscat, Oman as a new cargo destination.
Cargolux uses its Boeing 747-8 freighters on the route. Muscat is the 79th Cargolux destination served with its 747-8.
In 2012, Oman announced the transformation of Muscat International Airport into an international gateway and airfreight logistics hub and the construction of a new cargo terminal. The construction, stretched over three phases, includes an increase in warehouse space.
‘The direct service to Oman will be launched to meet customer demand on the back of the country’s economic expansion and diversification and a sustained need for oil and gas equipment and spare parts,” Domenico Ceci, Cargolux vice president Europe, Middle East and Central Asia, said. “Other import commodities on Cargolux’s Muscat flights include perishables, live animals and general cargo.”
Cargolux’s 747 freighters are equipped with a cargo nose door for the transport of heavy and outsize items.
“Oman Airports Management Company, the owner and operator of Muscat International Airport, notes that Cargolux will benefit from and contribute to the fast growing Muscat cargo market, which has increased more than 70 percent since 2008,” Peter Hoslin, senior manager airline marketing Oman Airports Management Company, said. “We saw a strong 15-percent growth in 2012 and expect the positive trend to continue in 2013.”
With the new direct cargo service to Muscat, Cargolux is no longer constrained by limitations in trucking services from other airports in the region, especially in the transportation of dangerous goods.