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10/12/2017 - 07:00hs

New Oman Airport terminal to open this year

After an initial test flight due December 23, a new facility at the Muscat International Airport will increase annual passenger capacity by as much as four times.

São Paulo – Muscat International Airport will conduct the first test flight at its new terminal on December 23. Oman’s minister of Transport and Communications Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Futaisi said that based on results of public tests being conducted from this Friday (8) onwards, the new terminal will open before the end of this year.

The minister spoke at the Airport Council International’s (ACI) 2017 Airport Exchange Forum in Muscat last Tuesday (5), an event featuring over 1,500 industry specialists from around the world.

Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) CEO Aiman bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Hosni stressed the relevance of forum events to fine-tuning cooperation agreements and addressing civil aviation industry challenges through cooperation designed to improve safety standards. He said the total number of passengers in Omani airports will reach 17 million by the end of the year, which is four times the size of the country’s population.

OAMC numbers show that passenger traffic at the Muscat International Airport doubled over the last seven years to 12 million per year.

The new terminal will increase capacity from a current 12 million to as many as 48 million passengers per year. The terminal was slated for delivery in early 2014, which was later postponed due to technicalities and other issues.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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