Duqm: The day of 14th of January coincides with the third anniversary of Duqm Airport opening, one of the national achievements which reflect the Sultanate’s plans and strategies in building airport ecosystem.
Duqm Airport has contributed in the development journey of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) inAl Wusta Governorate, that comes in line with the national economic plans of Oman Vision 2040 to be one of the 5 regional airports offering their air operational services besides Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport.
Mohammed al Shuaili, Vice President of Regional Airports, said, “We congratulate Duqm Airport and all its partners on occasion of the third opening anniversary of the new terminal at Duqm Airport, which could quickly achieved a perfect synergy with other SEZAD components as one of the key pillars at the area."
He added that completing the government’s inclusive road map to turn it into an economic and tourism development pillar in Al Wusta Governorate as part of the alignment with the current and future economic diversification plans offered by the SEZAD to the citizens and investors alike."
"Duqm Airport is a facilitating drive for investors and workers to transport and access to SEZAD as well as contributing in providing an express air logistic connection between Muscat and Al Wusta governorates." Al Shauili explained
Ahmed al Farsi, Duqm Airport Manager said, “when the operations started at the new terminal and in a collaboration with the airport family from various entities, working groups have optimized their best to ensure offering smooth and safe travel experience for all passengers as there are scheduled flights every day except Friday while implementing the highest health, safety and precautionary measures limit the spread of Covid-19 soon after the airport resumed its operations. Duqm Airport has optimized the state-of-art technologies and facilities in the new airport to achieve its objectives and execute its operational targets in order to reach the Airport’s ultimate desired goals."
Al Farsi added that Duqm Airport played its role in increasing the inward tourism to Duqm due to the availability of the scheduled flights and luxurious hotel facilities. This encouraged so many tourists from Oman and abroad to visit Duqm and enjoy its around-the-year pleasant weather. He mentioned that “since the opening of the new terminal in 2019, the airport has received around 2,152 flights up to the end of 2021, and around 136,755 travellers had benefited from it for the same period.
Moreover, Oman Airports in a cooperation with its strategic partners has executed several emergency drills since the opening of the Airport as part of its efforts to upgrade its readiness to address any emergency cases within an annual emergency plan in place for all airports operated by Oman Airports and in accordance with the modern world bench marked airport standards.
Duqm Airport also has been equipped with modern systems in communications, information technology, security monitoring systems and air navigation and meteorology systems which make the airport capable to handle various arriving flights either from the Sultanate or the international flights.
Duqm Airport is located 14 km from Duqm city and can be easily accessed from the southern part of the city through Sultan Qaboos Road which is located toward to left side from Airport roundabout. It accommodates a half million passengers with a future expansion plans to accommodate 2 million passengers each year. Duqm Airport’s total size exceeds 273K M2 and encompasses a passenger terminal, traffic control tower with height of 37 metre, a cargo building, a 4-km-ramp, a parking of 4-aircraft capacity including Airbus A380.
Further more, it includes a passenger terminal of 9,614 M2 capacity along with service facilities besides air navigation and meteorology complex. Duqm Airport aims to keep abreast with commercial and economic movement at SEZAD including the cargo building, with its potential for future expansion, which gives an additional importance for logistic transportation within the area besides Duqm Port, the key maritime trade hub.
The Sultanate’s ultimate goal behind this airport is to position SEZAD in world map as an attractive economic and tourism hub in the Middle East and optimized its exceptional strategic location.