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Oman's PACA reveals transfer plan for new Muscat airport

The last flight will take off from the current airport at around 3.00 p.m. on 20 March, 2018, while the first flight will arrive at the new airport before 6.00 p.m. on the same day

The new Muscat International Airport terminal will commence operations on 20 March, 2018.
The new Muscat International Airport terminal will commence operations on 20 March, 2018.

Preparations for next month's opening of the new Muscat International Airport are progressing as planned, the CEO of Oman’s Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) has revealed.

According to Dr Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Za'abi, readiness works are being carried out by Oman Airports Management Company, Oman Aviation Handling Company, and Oman Air, the operator of the country’s national carrier.

The last flight will take off from the current airport at around 3.00 p.m. on 20 March, 2018, while the first flight will arrive at the new airport before 6.00 p.m. on the same day, said Al-Za’abi, adding that the authority will be coordinating in advance with affected airlines for flights that would need to be rescheduled.

READ: Bechtel JV lands $1.8b Muscat airport deal

Ground equipment will be moved starting at noon on 20 March, while offices will be transferred in coordination with the readiness team, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.

To ensure that the new airport terminal is ready to operate on schedule, 40 out of the target 45 operational tests have been conducted. These tests were implemented with the help of around 21,000 participants and volunteers.

PACA aims to have 26,000 participants at the end of all tests, in addition to the 4,000 who will be participating in a trial evacuation. 

READ: Experts discuss the GCC’s largest aviation projects

Quoting Al-Za'abi, ONA noted that 786 simulated flights have been carried out, with the use of more than 82,000 bags.

All trials are scheduled to finish on 14 March, six days before the terminal commences operations.

The new Muscat airport will be able to accommodate 40 flights per hour. It will feature 118 counters to clear travel procedures, including 22 e-gates, and 10 carousels for bag handling, eight of which will be for international flights.

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