The new Muscat International Airport (MIA), which has a current capacity of 20 million passengers per year, has commenced operations.
The capacity of the new airport will rise to 56 million passengers in the subsequent phases, according to Oman News Agency (ONA).
Dr. Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Za’abi, CEO of the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), said that the airport has great potentials in terms of area, boarding bridges, lounges and 59 aircraft parking spaces compared to 27 parking spaces at the old airport, as well as car parking spaces, which can accommodate more than 7 thousand cars.
He hoped that the new Muscat International Airport will offer a unique travel experience for travelers and visitors to the Sultanate.
He explained that the total cost of all packages and facilities of the new Muscat International Airport amounted to about RO 1.7 billion (US$ 4.42 billion). He pointed out that the airport reflects the nature and tourism potentials of the Sultanate and the diversity of its topography.
The new airport will promote and revitalize the national economy in general and the logistics sector in particular, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.
Meanwhile, Emirates was the first international airline to land a scheduled commercial flight at the newly inaugurated passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport.
To mark the occasion the airline deployed one of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, highlighting the ties between Oman and the UAE. Flight EK 864 landed on 20 March 2018 at 5:55pm, and was the first international flight to operate to the new passenger terminal.
Passengers on board came from destinations like Dhaka, Baghdad and Dammam via Dubai.
Emirates has been flying to Oman since 1993, and will be marking 25 years of successful operations this year to the country. The airline currently operates three daily flights to Muscat, connecting Omani travelers to over 150 global destinations.