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Readiness works underway for Oman's $4.5bn new Muscat airport

An official said that 75% of the tests planned for the new Muscat International Airport have been completed, and its opening date will be revealed shortly

The new Muscat International Airport is currently undergoing readiness tests.
The new Muscat International Airport is currently undergoing readiness tests.

Readiness tests are being carried out at the new Muscat International Airport, according to a senior aviation official in the sultanate. 

Dr Mohammed bin Nasser al-Za'abi, chief executive officer of Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA), said an operation date for the $4.5bn (OMR1.7bn) airport would be revealed in the weeks to come. 

READ: Oman floats tender for Muscat airport upgrade

The facility's readiness works are proceeding as planned, and up to 75% of the experiments have been completed, with 11 activities remaining.

All readiness tests are expected to be completed in the next five to six weeks.

Al-Za'abi said the airport had handled more than 55,000 bags and 6,200 volunteers, with the landing and departures of more than 500 flights simulated so far.

He added: "The remarks on the passenger traffic and systems used for passenger check-in or boarding, security systems, and luggage handling are very important in taking corrective measures to ensure smooth operations at the airport." 

These details were revealed during the 32nd Demonstration Tour hosted by Airbus, which showcased its A350-1000 aircraft in the sultanate, ONA reported. 

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