Construction work 70% complete at new Muscat Int'l

Test flight from the new airport will take place on February 16, says senior official
Construction work 70% complete at new Muscat Int'l
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By Beatrice Thomas
Mon 03 Feb 2014 01:53 PM

More than 70 percent of construction work at the new Muscat International Airport has been completed, according to Omani Minister of Transport and Communications Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, it was reported.

“Over 70 per cent of the work is complete. Some of the works like Main Contract 1 (MC1) and Main Contract 2 (MC2) are nearing completion,” he said.

“However, Main Contract 3 (MC3) still has a long way to go.”

MC1 represents main civil works for the airport, MC2 the new control tower and data centre and MC3 represents construction work for the passenger terminal building, the Muscat Daily reported.

He said a test flight from the new airport will take place on February 16, with a flight for the new Salalah Airport, which is 85 percent complete, scheduled at the end of this month.

Construction work of the new Muscat and Salalah airports has been divided into 11 contracts.

“We have asked the contractors to speed up work, but without compromising on quality,” the minister said. “We are now waiting for the contractors to give us a new schedule regarding completion of the project. We have asked them to hire more employees if needed. We may be able to open the runway, which is almost complete this year.”

Despite the progress, al Futaisi said that the date of completion was not yet clear. “The ministry has asked the contractors of MC3 to submit a revised schedule,” he said. “Once that is submitted and finalised, we will announce the opening dates.”

The new airport is expected to handle around 12 million passengers annually and will be expanded further to eventually accommodate 48 million passengers in the future.

According to a statement by Mohammed bin Nasser al Zaabi, CEO of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation, the new Salalah airport is expected to be operational this year.

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