The new airport is the largest infrastructure project in the country's history
Muscat’s International Airport’s new passenger building will have two gates able to accommodate large wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747, according to officials from Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications.
In an interview with the Times of Oman, an MOT spokesman is quoted as saying that the passenger area will be approximately 580,000 square-metres, and that the passenger terminal will be comprised of three suites with three levels each, as well as a three-level central area which links the various suites.
“There are three main entrances leading to such levels in addition to the arrivals and departure VIP lounges,” the spokesman said, adding that 10 luggage belts will have the capacity to handle 5,200 bags per hour.
The new airport facilities, which form part of the single largest infrastructure project in Oman’s history, will also include 40 aerial bridges, 29 waiting areas and 149 elevators.
According to officials, the airport will have the capacity to process as many as 20 million travelers each year.
Recently, Omani officials called for as many as 17,000 Oman residents, citizens and expats alike, to give their feedback on the new airport.