The new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport (MCT) opened on March 20. Trial flights commenced on March 15, ahead of a full transfer of operations with the old facility’s last departure taking place at 1530hrs. The new building handled its first aircraft when Oman Air flight WY462 arrived from Najaf.
Work on the project began as far back as 2008, and it initially capable of handling 12m ppa. Phase one of the T-shaped passenger building, known as Terminal 1, covers 6,250,000 sq ft (580,000m2) of floor space over three levels, linked to a three-storey central concourse with 40 boarding areas. The departure hall boasts 96 check-in counters. Two gates can accommodate very large widebodies such as the Airbus A380, while the overall number of aircraft parking positions has more than double compared with the current airfield, from 26 remote stands to 30 outer spots and 29 contact gates adjacent to the new structure. The main atrium is lined with palm trees, and its vaulted roof lets in plenty of natural light. The design theme also incorporates impressions of undulating sand dunes in the larger spaces as well as the retail and food units and operational areas. Other facilities include a 90-room hotel and a new control tower.
Further expansion is being considered, with the next steps likely to take throughput to 24m ppa, and ultimately 48m ppa when demand dictates.
Photos: Muscat’s new terminal building opened on March 20. (Luigi Vallero)
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