New Muscat International Airport to open on March 20

New Muscat International Airport to open on March 20

A highly anticipated opening in Oman, the new Muscat International Airport is set to be inaugurated on March 20, 2018, the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications announced.

Starting March 20, all flights will be arriving and departing from the new airport, according to the announcement.

A significant boost to Oman’s flourishing travel sector, the new airport will have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers a year. It is spread out across a land area of 21 square kilometres, with the airport terminal building spanning 580,000 square metres.

This infrastructure, comparable with the world’s best, features passenger terminals equipped with state-of-the-art technology; 96 check-in counters; 29 passenger boarding bridges; 30 aircraft remote stands; baggage processing capacity of 5,500 bags per hour; two parallel runways capable of serving the world’s largest aircraft, A380; and an airside hotel with 90 rooms.

Combined with the success of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre and the series of hotel brands setting up shop in the destination, the opening of the airport is expected to take the country’s MICE sector to greater heights.