Hamad International Airport (HIA) welcomed a delegation from Salalah International Airport (SLL) for a tour of the airport premises, part of the cooperation between the two airports in the areas of security and customs.

SLL Officials at HIA

Through the tour, the delegation learned to know more about the facilities at HIA. They also visited the cargo terminal to observe its operations, ahead of the opening of their own cargo terminal at SLL.

HIA, which received the Best Airport in the Middle East 2018 Skytrax Award, began the tour at the departures terminal where members of the SLL delegation observed the automated check-in machines and the security techniques used to access the boarding gates. SLL guests also visited HIA’s two-storey cargo facility. Covering 55,000 square metres, it handled two million tonnes of cargo in 2017. The tour continued to Al Safwa First Class Lounge, Oryx Airport Hotel and Vitality Wellness Centre, which features a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym, two squash courts and a spa.

According to Abdulaziz Al Mass, Vice President for Commercial and Marketing at HIA, they are pleased to welcome and host the delegates from Salalah International Airport.

We are committed to further cooperation to contribute effectively to the aviation sector’s development.’

SLL guests were also shown HIA’s cutting edge technology developed in support of the smart airport programme, ranging from self- service check-in and baggage drop kiosks to HIA’s fully automated baggage systems as well as security screening in transit areas; all of which contribute towards the airport’s commitment in providing a seamless travel experience to passengers and maintaining world-class standards of safety and security.

HIA officials also showed the delegates the services they offer passengers such as the dual passenger train service, which connects the south node of the terminal  with north node of the terminal and the award-winning Qatar Duty Free offering 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage options. Guests were also shown some of the pieces from the airport’s Art Programme such as the newly-installed ‘Cosmos’ by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel as well as ‘Small Lie’ by American artist KAWS.

The past years has seen a stronger collaboration between Qatar and Oman especially within the air transport industry. In 2017, HIA welcomed Oman’s carrier Salam Air, the Sultanate’s first budget airline, to its network of airlines. The new route offers travellers convenient timing, affordable travel alternatives and connectivity to a wider network of destinations. Qatar Airways, Qatar’s national carrier, also started its first non-stop flight from Doha to Sohar last year, which made it its third destination in the Sultanate of Oman, including Muscat and Salalah.

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