Oman Air’s sea link

OMAN Air and the Port of Salalah have signed an agreement opening up a new sea-air cargo corridor through the port between Asia and Europe.

The route will slice 48 hours from the current transit time and 20 per cent in handling costs. Total transport times for freight from Hong Kong (China) to Frankfurt and Munich (both Germany), Milan (Italy) or Paris (France) will take 16 days.

“The port currently manages more than 36 weekly vessel connections to and from Europe and Asia and more than 45 weekly vessel connections to and from regional ports, as well as handling over 3.5 million containers each year,” Abdulrazaq Alraisi, chief commercial officer at Oman Air, said. “These figures are set to increase and Oman Air has been working with the Port of Salalah for some time to develop this new sea-air product.”

In 2010 Oman Air carried 26,800 metric tonnes and increased cargo revenues by 238 per cent.
 

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