Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019 | 23 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
New airport begins operations today; aims to be among top 20 in world soon

New airport starts operations right now aims to be amongst leading 20 in globe quickly

On Monday, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) tweeted, “The first operational flight (WY462) will land in the new Terminal B from the Iraqi city of Najaf at 5.30pm. The last flight from the existing (Old) airport will be WY153 to Zurich at 2.45pm.”

Oman Airports on the identical day tweeted saying that parking will be accessible at the new passenger terminal from two.30pm and that the entrance to the old terminal will be closed at 3pm.

While some 14mn individuals passed by means of the present airport final year, the project will initially enhance annual passenger capacity to about 20mn. A 4-phase expansion schedule has been outlined for the terminal, which will see capacity rise to 48mn as soon as building is completed.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, mentioned that the new airport serves as a gateway to the globe and a landmark of the modern day state preferred by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. He mentioned that the new airport will be an crucial asset of the national economy in light of the development witnessed by the civil aviation and other sectors.

According to the Oman Airports, the aim is to get the new airport in the world’s leading 20 airports list by 2020. Asma Yahya Saif al Dhakhri, head of safety &amp high quality handle, Oman Airports told Muscat Daily what passengers can anticipate. “Besides the terminal facilities and services that will be second to none, we are also enhancing the experience by reducing the number of processing points in a traveller’s journey and making the necessary ones as smooth as possible,” she mentioned.

Asma added, “Passengers will expertise a new central verify-in method for baggage, exactly where they will no longer require to take it by means of safety upon arrival at the airport. The baggage will be sorted through the method till the ground handlers take more than. This is a regular methodology utilized worldwide.

“It will ease the flow and eliminate the sometimes frustrating first touch-point which is security screening. The processes in the new building will be much more advanced.”

Meanwhile, transport giant Mwasalat has announced beginning of bus solutions on two new routes to transport travellers to and from the new airport from Tuesday. The buses will ply on the Ma’abela and Ruwi–new Muscat International Airport routes.

The organization had purchased a quantity of buses lately that have been specially developed for carrying large luggage. The buses are also equipped to serve individuals with disabilities. The operation of the new routes comes as element of the company’s pursuit to supply a sustainable public transport method that will assist create Oman’s cultural front on distinct levels. Mwasalat will supply promotional costs for the new route with a discount of 50 per cent on the costs of tickets, beginning from Tuesday till June 20.

The new routes will be operational round the clock on all days of the week which includes public holidays. The service will be accessible each half hour. The bus operating on the Ma’abela–new Muscat International Airport will cease at the following stations: Ma’abela bus station, Al Khoudh, Al Hail, Muscat City Centre, Burj Sahwa, old Muscat Airport and new Muscat International Airport.

The Ruwi–new Muscat International Airport will have the following stops: Ruwi, Wadi Adai, Wattayah, Qurm, Sarooj, Omantel bus station Al Khuwayr, Ghubra, Azaiba, Mwasalat Bus Station and new Muscat International Airport.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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