Oman plans to build Muscat Airport City under new aviation strategy

WCN Editorial Team 27 Feb 2020 MIDDLE EAST TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Oman’s Ministry of Transport has unveiled its plans to build the new Muscat Airport City as part of the National Aviation Strategy 2030.

The aim of the National Aviation Strategy 2030 is to strengthen the country’s economy by improving the aviation industry in Oman.

As part of the strategy, the Oman Aviation Group has adopted a master plan to build Muscat Airport City. The plan aims for optimum utilisation of the new airport’s capacity and the increasing air traffic.

It will also take advantage of land areas surrounding the airport to create a stimulating environment for establishing aviation-related projects.

The new Muscat Airport City will consist of five main areas including the Muscat Airport Free Zone with an area of 3.3 million m² for light industries and storage activities for air freight, e-commerce, manufacturing and packaging of national products, in addition to aviation equipment and office spaces.

The second area will be a 200,000m² of logistics portal, an area for air freight services and logistics including the air freight building at Muscat Airport.

The third will be a mixed-used business portal in an area of more than 1.1 million m², which will include spaces designated for office units of airlines and related sectors.

The fourth will be an aviation portal, which will include the passengers’ terminal area and the location of previous air freight buildings in an area of ​​166,000m². This area will host aviation, cultural and social activities, innovation centres for the aviation sector and a specialised emergency hospital serving the sector in accordance with global aviation safety regulations and supporting social services.

The fifth will be the hospitality portal, occupying 192,000m² that includes hospitality, duty-free shops, offices for travel companies and hotels for travellers or short-term visitors.

The launch of the strategy was held in the presence of Oman’s Minister of Transport Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi.

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Image: General sketch for boarding bridges and control tower at Muscat International Airport. (Ministry of Transport, Sultanate of Oman.)

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