Officials say Oman's 2.7ha Duqm Airport set to open in Jan 2019
New airport's launch comes less than a year after the new Muscat International Airport was launched in 2018
Oman will officially open Duqm Airport on 14 January, 2019, less than a year after the new Muscat International Airport took off in March 2018.
Duqm Airport will initially accommodate up to 500,000 passengers per year, although officials say there is scope to increase this to two million people.
The airport is located on the outskirts of Duqm, approximately 500km from Muscat, and covers a total land area of 2.7ha.
Duqm Airport boasts a passenger terminal covering an area of approximately 9,614m²; an aviation navigation complex; a 38m-tall traffic control tower; and a 9,958m² cargo terminal, with the capacity to handle more than 20,000 tonnes of luggage per year.
The runway at Duqm Airport is 4km long and 75m wide. The project features connecting lanes and parking areas for up to four aircraft at any one time, including the massive Airbus A380.
HE Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al-Busaidi, Oman’s Minister of Interior, will inaugurate the latest airport in the sultanate, which comes less than 12 months after the $4.4bn (OMR1.7bn) Muscat International Airport opened in 2018.
Oman’s state-run news agency, ONA, said the passenger building at Duqm Airport started operations in September 2018.
Meanwhile, Oman’s Tender Board awarded an unnamed consultancy a contract to supervise the design and construction of undisclosed roads leading from Duqm Airport to Ras Markaz.
The airport's launch comes as Oman rapidly develops Duqm, in line with its plans to enhance in-country value (ICV). One of the lynchpin megaprojects underpinning the ICV initiative is the $7bn (OMR2.69bn) Duqm Refinery, which may create up to 800 jobs by 2022.