Oman proceeds to phase 2 for new airport in Musandam

Phase 2 will involve estimating the cost of the project and preparing the general outline of the airport

Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (Paca) has said that plans to set up a new airport in Musandam has moved to its second phase, making it the sixth airport serving the Sultanate.

CEO of Paca, Dr Mohammed bin Nasser bin Ali Al Zaabi, while speaking about the project, said that the first stage of the project which involved determining all possibilities and challenges and finding a location for the airport has been completed.

He said the second phase has been initiated, and this will involve estimating the cost of the project and preparing the general outline of the airport in accordance with international specifications.

Speaking about the importance of developing and expanding the country’s airports in order to achieve sustainable prosperity globally, Al Zaabi said: “Muscat International Airport which was opened in 2018 has leapt in its global rankings from 74th place to 18th place.”

“Meanwhile, the new Salalah Airport was ranked sixth globally in its category. Furthermore, recently Salalah Airport became the first regional airport in the Middle East with a five-star ranking and won “Best Regional Airport Award”, ranking fourth worldwide.”

Al Zaabi also said that the launch of Duqm airport this year facilitated easy access to the area which is of economic and industrial importance. “Despite the fact that the airport serves commercial movement it has become a part of bringing tourism to the area as well,” he added.

Al Zaabi said that all of these achievements highlighted that the Sultanate is witnessing a noticeable growth in air activity, and hence the authority has put in place a long-term economic strategic plan which includes realistic measures and technical solutions to reduce the effects of pollutants as well.

“Based on the firm belief in the consequences of environmental pollution, the authority has begun implementing treatments in order to preserve the Sultanate’s air quality,” he concluded.

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