CPEC: Oman airline to capitalize on Pakistan’s ‘corridor of opportunities’

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CPEC: Oman airline planning to capitalize on Pakistan’s ‘corridor of opportunities’
By Muhammad Luqman
An airline from Oman is looking to capitalize on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a “corridor of opportunities” and a catalyst for future business and economic activity that could generate thousands of jobs across Pakistan.
According to media reports, SalamAir, launched in January 2017 with the objective to bridge the demand gap for quality and affordable flights on short-haul routes to and from Oman currently flies daily from Muscat to Dubai and Jeddah and thrice a week to Karachi, Madina and Sialkot.
The reports quoted Mohsin Al-Balushi, Commercial Director, SalamAir, as saying that this is a exciting time for aviation in Pakistan; especially to capitalize on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and attract new investment into the sector.”
Based on current economic and demographic growth, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has projected that intra-Pakistan air traffic will grow at 9.9 percent over the next 20 years; more than twice the 4.1 percent projected annual world growth rate.
On aviation prospects in Pakistan, Al-Balushi quoted the World Bank’s forecast whereby Pakistan will experience a growth rate of 5.5 percent by 2018.
According to the report, the launch of SalamAir will enable Pakistan’s business community to capitalize on Oman’s regulatory framework and other options its economy offers including tourism, manufacturing, fisheries, mining and logistics. Similarly, it will also open up travel for Omanis keen to explore the opportunities arising from CPEC projects.

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