The real-time countdown ticker on the website of Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) says that just 23 days are left for the opening of the new Muscat International Airport. It also shows the countdown in seconds, minutes and hours.
The commercial operations from the new passenger terminal at the Muscat International Airport will commence on March 20 (three weeks from today), while the cargo terminal will be operational from March 19. The first flight to land at the new airport will be at 6pm on March 20.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has said all inbound and outbound flights will be transferred from the current airport to the new airport as of that day.
The ministry has called on all stakeholders to make necessary arrangements to ensure the smooth transition of operations and passenger traffic at the new airport.
Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, said the ministry is ready to operate the new terminal building after final confirmation of readiness of all systems through the tests conducted until now. “The new Muscat International Airport has been an area of world attention and is one of the modern state monuments that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos wished for the Sultanate. It is also an important extension of the national economy in light of the remarkable growth witnessed in the civil aviation sector and other sectors,” the minister said in a statement.
Rated to be one of the largest infrastructure projects in Oman, the new passenger terminal has the capacity to handle 20 million passengers annually. The total cost of the project is estimated at RO 1.7 billion. The new terminal has 96 check-in counters, 29 passenger boarding bridges, 10 bus boarding lounges, 87 immigration counters (31 for departures, 56 for arrivals) and a 90-room airport hotel. Apart from 20 self-service check-in kiosks, it will have parking facility that can accommodate 8,000 cars at any point of time. Apart from the airport taxi services from Mwasalat, the new airport will have public bus transport facility. The company plans to have two new routes connecting the airport to Ruwi and Muscat airport up to Burj al Sahwa.