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|IATA: SLL – ICAO: OOSA
|Serves||Dhofar Province/City of Salalah|
|Hub for||Oman Air|
|Elevation AMSL||73 ft / 22 m|
|07L/25R (under construction)||13,123||4,000||Asphalt|
Salalah Airport (IATA:SLL, ICAO:OOSA) is the Sultanate of Oman's second gateway. It is located on the Salalah coastal plain, 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) northeast of Salalah's city centre. It is primarily used as a domestic airport, but also receives numerous charter flights from neighboring Gulf countries and beyond during the Khareef season.
The airport is located in the Dhofar Governorate in the southern part of the Sultanate. The area is a popular tourist destination for both local citizens and foreigners, especially from July to September where the Asian monsoon touches the region, making it an unusually attractive location within the normally arid Gulf region.
It is also expected that tourism in this area will increase steadily over the next 20 years, adding more to the strain on the airport network. The airport is being rebuilt to cater to more passengers and to become an international airport.
Salalah Airport opened in 1977. Initially, it only handled domestic flights from Muscat and a few chartered flights. Oman Air Services (OAS) began services to Salalah in 1982 and the inaugural flight of Oman Air arrived from Muscat in April 1993. Oman Air began scheduled services to Dubai from Salalah in 2003, leading to increased passenger traffic while other Gulf carriers operated flights only during the Khareef season. The following year, Air India commenced operations to Kozhikode making it the first airline to operate non-seasonal international flights to Salalah. 
In 2011 planning and construction began for the new state-of-the-art Salalah International Airport. The move was made by the Ministry of Transport and Communication to further boost the city's tourism sector as well as to cater to the growing amount of passengers flying to-and-from the city. Deals were signed with more than 20 different construction companies to complete the International Airport in deals worth $854 million.
The Salalah International Airport is built to cater to 1 million passengers annually in its initial construction phase, and will be opened at the end of 2014. Also construction of a second, 4-km runway is scheduled for the new airport. The airport's current runway will also be expanded to cater to the largest of aircraft, as well as the construction of a new parallel taxiway to the north. The international airport will also feature a 65,000 sqm passenger terminal building and a 57-meter high ATC Tower with car parking for up to 3,000 vehicles.
Design of the airport takes to account future development projects and allows expansions to cater up to 6 million passengers per year when required.
Airlines and destinations
|Air India Express||Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram||International|
|Oman Air||Dubai, Jeddah||International|
|Rotana Jet||Abu Dhabi-Al Bateen||International|
Since 2003, the airport experienced increases in passenger traffic and civilian aircraft traffic.
|Year||Total passengers||Total Freight including Mail in Tons||Total Civil Aircraft movements|
- History. Oman Air.
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- New runway. Cowi.com.
- – Airport Expansion, Runway & Taxiway
- 65,000 sqm terminal, 57-meter ATC tower. Cowi.com.
- – Car parking – 3,000 vehicles[dead link]
- – up to 6-million passengers
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- Welcome to OAMC. Omanairports.com.