The authority added that Qatar Airways has also shown interest in flying to Sohar soon. In a statement issued on Monday, PACA said that it is cooperating with the Oman Airports Management Company, ROP and the relevant authorities to start international flights to Sohar Airport.
“In this regard, we have issued approval for Air Arabia to operate direct flights between airports in Sohar and Sharjah with three flights per week,” PACA stated. The authority further said that there is an interest by Qatar Airways to operate flights to Sohar Airport soon. “We will soon announce dates for the start of international flights (to Sohar).”
PACA said that it has issued necessary approvals for SalamAir to operate three flights a week between Sohar and Salalah during the khareef season, starting June 28. Currently, no airline flies to Sohar with Oman Air suspending its loss-making operations to the city in June 2016. A new passenger terminal is under development at Sohar Airport.
Larsen & Toubro (Oman) was awarded the RO36mn third phase contract at the end of 2015. The scope of work includes the construction of a passenger terminal building, as well as a dedicated cargo terminal building capable of handling around 50,000 tonnes of air freight per annum.