New Muscat International Airport aims to fly high in global rankings

Oman Tuesday 04/October/2016 11:50 AM
By: Times News Service

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has decided that the new Muscat International Airport should aim to be categorized as an “ideal” airport under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards.
“Categorizing the Muscat International Airport will play a huge role in being able to handle 12 to 20 million passengers per year without changing the terminal’s infrastructure,” said MOTC in a tweet.
The ministry added that it is seeking to increase its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through better activation of the airport’s infrastructure.
“We hope that Oman’s airports will be able to raise the capital of the civil aviation sector and achieving an increase of local production by way of rising passenger movement and cargo,” said MOTC.
“The benefits of being ranked as an ideal airport in the governorate is the high standard of service as well as providing enough space for the highest comfort possible for passengers,” they added.
The airport is designed according to IATA’s high standards regarding passenger service, the ministry added.
“There are many airports with a high reputation that are also categorized as an ideal or optimum airport and they receive customer satisfaction prizes annually,” said the MOTC who are striving to get the new airport up in the rankings.
With the ambitious goal to make the new Muscat International Airport among the top 20 airports in the world, earlier this year MOTC said that the airport was 91 percent complete.
The 580,000 square meter airport has the Level of Service A according to IATA standard which means it can accommodate 12 million passengers up to a maximum of 18 million without any expansion and provide the optimum level of comfort for passengers using the airport as well as it will be able to accommodate the Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world.