Oman wins “Best Airport in Middle East” award


Face to face with Aimen Bin Ahmed Al Hosni – CEO – Oman Airports

Over the past months since the opening of its new terminal, Muscat International Airport has seen a considerable shift in its transformational approach aimed at delivering high-level service and travel experience. We asked Aimen Bin Ahmed Al Hosni – CEO – Oman Airports to tell us how this has impacted business.

The terminal opening has enhanced the airport’s reputation at an international level. We have been lauded with multiple accolades; the most recent being “Best Airport in the Middle East 2019” at the 26th edition of World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2019, as well as “World’s Leading Airport Operator” and “World’s Leading Airport Website”. Salalah Airport was awarded Skytrax 5 Star Regional Award at the Passenger Terminal Expo in London 2019, and “Best World’s Leading Regional Airport 2019” at the World Travel Awards Gala Finale Ceremony – Oman 2019.

What development plans do you have for infrastructure?
Muscat International and Salalah Airport, alongside the regional airports, are seeing new development, with the aim of making them the new gateways to the Sultanate of Oman.

With a majority of our airlines opening new routes, this will further enhance arrivals into Muscat

Salalah and Muscat International Airports currently handle 1 million and 12 million passengers per annum, respectively.  Further expansions are planned for the Muscat International airport in subsequent phases, to boost the airport’s capacity to 24 / 36 / 48 mppa, respectively.

What are the opportunities for Oman Airports in 2020?
With a majority of our airlines opening new routes, this will further enhance arrivals into Muscat and will also contribute to the growth of O&D traffic. Meanwhile, carriers from the Indian subcontinent, have also added frequencies to Muscat. Furthermore, we aim to invest in airports outside of Oman, in such a way as to enhance our offering by providing management and advisory services. Last but not least, we also aim to capitalise on our human resources and organise further employment and training programmes, alongside the setting up of a training and development centre. We also look forward to establishing relationships with the local workforce to provide them with several job opportunities.

Photo: Aimen Bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO, Oman Airports


The total number of passengers travelling through the Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqum Airports is 17.7 million in 2019 and total cargo volume for Muscat & Salalalh airport is 241.8K Tonnes (2019).

Total Passengers: 3.7% increase (15.98 million) in 2019

Total Passengers: 13.8% increase (65,630) in 2019


The World General Assembly of the Airports Council International last year voted to assign Oman Airports’ CEO to be the Deputy Chief of the ACI: the 1st Arab official to occupy this role. At its 59th annual meeting in Hong Kong, the ACI World General Assembly voted collectively for the Aimen Bin Ahmed Al Hosni as Vice President for a period of two years. The achievement was, it was stated, for his “valuable contributions and accomplishments in enhancing the development of airports performance in Oman, at both administrative and operational levels”. This assignment comes in alignment with the distinguished performance of Oman Airports and its continuous initiatives as an active member in ACI World/ Asia-Pacific committees, regional and global. ACI is a global organisation that consists of 5 main Councils, and its headquarter is located in Montreal, Canada.