Operation of the Salalah New Airport and the shifting of air traffic from the old airport to the new one will start on June 15, according to a senior official.
Ahmad Bin Mohammad Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications made the announcement to Oman News Agency (ONA) during a field visit to inspect the last stages of the Salalah Airport Project to ensure the readiness of operators and other stakeholders before opening the airport.
The airport, which will accommodate 2 million passengers annually, has been designed to allow for further expansions to cater for future demand growth to 2 and 6 million passengers annually over four stages.
“It will be the second international gateway to Oman, especially to the Dhofar region, which will boost tourism, air traffic movement and connectivity in the region," said Saeed Khamis Al Zadjali, acting CEO of OAMC last December.
The project will include a passenger terminal over 65,000sqm and a 4km long and 75-meter wide main runway. It has an estimated cost of more than $780 million.
According to reports, the Salalah airport has met with rapid growth over the past couple of years with an increased number in chartered flights from Europe, particularly Italy, Germany and Scandinavian countries.
With a large tourism industry, the new airport will also have additional baggage claim conveyor belt to provide a separation between the domestic and international passengers.
The upgrade is in line with the government’s commitment to establish infrastructural facilities that can keep pace with the international market. The new airport is expected to boost Salalah’s business and tourist movement.