The new Muscat International Airport (MIA) officially commenced operations yesterday, welcoming its first flight at 5:30 pm.
The flight, Oman Air flight WY462, departed from the city of Najaf in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the last flight from the old terminal was Oman Air flight WY153, which left for Zurich at 2:45 pm yesterday.
The new airport currently has a capacity of 20 million passengers per year, a number that will grow to 56 million passenger in the project’s subsequent phases, Oman News Agency (ONA) reported.
Offering 59 aircraft parking spaces compared to 27 at the old facility, it was developed for a total cost of $4.4bn (OMR1.7bn), ONA added, quoting Dr Mohammed bin Nasser Al-Za'abi, chief executive officer of the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA).
According to Al-Za'abi, all aspects related to the readiness of air links between the aircraft, passenger terminal, ground services, and all the systems of the airport, free market, and the 90-room hotel were ensured before the start of operations.
The new terminal building, spanning 580,000m2, consists of three wings, inclu
ding 118 flight clearance desks by airliners and 82 desks for travel clearance by the Royal Oman Police (ROP).