He also mentioned that the response has been significantly much more than anticipated. Underlining the value of these trials, Saud Nasser al Hubaishi, GM of Readiness, OAMC told Muscat Daily that the upcoming fire evacuation workout routines will be 1 of the project’s greatest milestones to date. “We have completed our very first trial with more than 1,000 passengers on January 17.
The quantity of participants has been steadily expanding because the trials started in August. We have a fire evacuation workout planned on January 27, followed by a complete fire evacuation which will have three,000 participants. This will be a significant landmark,” he mentioned.
Trials will make sure smooth operation. “Our team makes sure that the new Muscat International Airport will be run in a way that is operationally efficient, effective, safe and secure. In order to do this we have to simulate real scenarios. This period is called, Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT), and it’s broken into different milestones,” he added.
First is simple regular operational procedures. Staff was familiarised with the developing and procedures. Basic trials scrutinised the entire journey from verify-in to departures or arrivals to the exit. This was completed by the airport neighborhood employees. Nineteen trials had been held from August 16 to December three. Four trials had been held beginning from December three.
On January six, the trials went complete fledged and had been held twice a week each and every Monday and Wednesday. The quantity of passengers elevated from 300 to more than 1,000. Hubaishi also stressed on the invaluable details gathered from the trials and how public involvement of this scale in such a project is a very first.
“Initially, OAMC was hoping to get 17,000 people to participate in the trials, but 28,000 people registered. Of these 28,000 registered, there were many who wanted to come again. The campaign has been very successful. We have a dedicated team tasked for collecting data from the 200 tablets made available to passengers.”
The details is analysed and implemented, he mentioned. “A report is submitted to the concerned department and then the changes are implemented. Some of the changes made based on passenger feedback include, wayfinding signs, queuing system in the check-in hall, changes in the location of some furniture items, addition of furniture in certain areas. We also changed details such as font sizes and the height of desks in order to accommodate people with special needs.” The subsequent trial run is on Wednesday.
Information Source: Muscat Daily