The Oman Ministry of Transport has confirmed that the new terminal at Muscat International Airport (MCT) will open on March 20. Following the successful completion of system trials conducted over recent months, and public previews, the gleaming edifice will completely replace the cramped, old facilities as all departures and arrivals will be transferred to the new building.
The new terminal covers an area of 6.25m sq ft (580,000m²) on three levels, and is capable of handling 12m ppa initially, with expansion to 24m and 48m ppa allowed for in its design. Its is situated between MCT’s two 13,123ft (4,000m) runways, one of which was constructed as part of the project. The airside concourse boasts 29 contact stands, two of which are capable of handling Airbus A380s, which represents a major step forward as the existing terminal relies heavily on bus gates.
The Omani government hopes the new facilities will play a major role in its drive to encourage more tourists to visit the region, and support investment in the country.
The March/April 2018 issue of Airports of the World magazine, on sale on February 22, includes a detailed preview of the new facilities at MCT, including a look inside the terminal ahead of its opening.
Photo: Muscat’s new terminal is to open on March 20. (Luigi Vallero)