Muscat: The new passenger terminal building at Muscat International Airport has won the 2018 World Travel Award’s Middle East’s leading new tourism development project for this year.
“Recognising the great efforts of Oman Airports along with our stakeholders, Muscat Airport wins the 2018 World Travel Awards as the Middle East’s Leading New Tourism Development Project 2018,” Oman Airports announced in a statement on Thursday.
The 25th World Travel Awards, held in Ras Al Khaimah, is one of the most prestigious international awards which recognises travel and tourism projects.
“Thank you to everyone who voted for Muscat Airport and help us to win the World Travel Awards 2018 as Middle East’s Leading New Tourism Development Project 2018,” Oman Airports said.
Oman’s new international airport has already welcomed over one million passengers, as it celebrated its first month of operations.
The new passenger terminal covers a total area of 580,000 square metres and is equipped with the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities, which will help put it among the top 20 airports in the world by 2020.
The new terminal has also been designed with security and safety at its core, using state-of-the-art biometric smart technology to track any unauthorised access or inconsistencies.
Even the traffic flow is much easier as the airport authorities have segregated arrivals and departures. Another striking feature is that the Muscat International Airport is a “silent airport”, ensuring passengers rely more on digital display boards for information about their flights.
Airline officials said very few passenger boarding calls are being made in the departure check-in areas and boarding gates area at the new terminal of the Muscat International Airport.