Several dignitaries, ministry and embassy officials as well attended the occasion. H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, hailed this as a considerable improvement in the country’s aviation sector.
“The airport, without any doubt, will enhance the aviation sector as it has the capacity to accommodate the growing number of passengers flying in the area with some significant projects intended to promote economic, social and tourism development.”
The airport will also enhance nearby company, H E Dr Futaisi mentioned. At present, only Oman Air flies when a day to and from Muscat (except for Friday) but officials confirmed some international flights will quickly operate from the airport.
Reggy Vermeulen, chief executive officer, Port of Duqm, mentioned, “The opening of the new airport is a crucial stage in the development of the Special Economic Zone in Duqm. “It will also give access to more passengers both locally and internationally. It shall also increase the potential of bringing cargo into the area.”
Another official from the Port of Duqm mentioned that several private jets come to the airport and a majority of the passengers fly for company purposes but the location also sees several vacationers.
“Duqm is a hub of businesses and it is growing every single day. There are five check-in counters with ten persons working in shifts at the airport currently,” the official mentioned.
The airport occupies a total location of 27,386sq m and has an estimated capacity of half a million passengers a year with the possible to expand to boost it to 2mn a year. The airport consists of a passenger creating on an location of 9,614sq m. Flight operations at the airport started in September 2018.
Information Source: Muscat Daily