Duqm Airport welcomes first flight

DUQM: Duqm Airport passenger terminal in the Governorate of Al Wusta started operations on Monday. The first flight to land at the airport passenger terminal was Oman Air WY935, coming from Muscat. The flight was received by Dr Mohammed bin Nasser al Zaabi, CEO of the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), Shaikh Meadhad bin Mohammed al Yaqoubi, Governor of Al Wusta, executive heads of the airlines operating companies, the relevant government authorities and a number of Royal Oman Police officers.
Dr Al Zaabi and the attendees toured all the service facilities of the passenger’s terminal and were briefed on the services provided to passengers, in addition to visiting the control tower and were briefed on the latest technologies in the tower. He said that the achievements of the civil aviation sector in the glorious era of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos have been continuous since the first phase of Muscat International Airport was launched in 2014, the early operation of Suhar and Duqm airports and the operation of Salalah Airport in 2015 and its opening in 2016, followed by the full operation of Muscat International Airport.
As for Duqm Airport, the operation is only a translation of the completion of the facilities at the airport as the airport was implemented in three stages. The first package included the construction of a road network leading to and inside the airport.
The second phase included the establishment of the runway with international specifications, planes taxying and aprons. The third package included all the remaining facilities, such as passenger building, control tower, air cargo, meteorological and air navigation centre.
He said that most of the air transport agreements signed between the Sultanate and the countries of the world, such as bilateral agreements or open skies, included all the airports of the Sultanate and as the airport operated in 2014, so it is included the agreements.
Dr Al Zaabi said Duqm Airport the first regional airport to be completed in all respects and is designed according to the specifications of the recognised airports.
Shaikh Al Yaqoubi said that the operation of Duqm Airport is considered a significant step in the projects that have been implemented in the Governorate of Al Wusta, especially with the existence of the Special Economic Zone of Duqm, adding that the Wilayat of Duqm now includes giant projects that represent an asset to all aspects in the governorate, in the economic, social and tourism field.
He expressed his hope that these projects will bear fruit in many internal and external projects and more facilities for investors wishing to invest, whether Omani investors or from abroad. — ONA