The first phase of Oman’s brand new Muscat International Airport is currently operational and has increased passenger capacity to 20 million-up from the previous 12 million passengers recorded in 2017. The state-of-the-art airport has been designed to be the shining symbol of the Sultanate of Oman.

Designed as ICAO category 4F airports, the Muscat International Airport will be able to accommodate the world’s largest aircraft, Airbus A380 and the runway will enable independent parallel operations. Built with the latest technology, the passenger terminals are aligned with IATA Service Level A standards. 580,000 m sq. is the total gross area for the new Muscat International terminal building with an overall airport land area of 21 km sq.

Salim Al-Mamari, Ministry of Tourism, Oman said, “The government of Oman is focusing on travel and tourism as a part of its economic diversification strategy. The newly opened Muscat International Airport, brand new Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, revised visa rules along with other infrastructure developments seen in the recent times determine some of the efforts to increase tourism in Oman.”

Speaking about the importance of the Indian market, he highlighted, “India is one of the key markets for Oman and we are certain that this proactive initiative by the Ministry will drive a lot of visitors from India. Since 2014, Oman has witnessed over 23% growth in Indian arrivals. In 2016, Oman received 297,628 Indian arrivals as compared to 256,210 arrivals in 2014 that is over 16% growth within 2 years. In 2017, Oman received 321,161 Indian arrivals which are remarkably higher, showcasing the growth of over 7.90 % in just one year.”

Muscat International Airport received about one million passengers in its first month of operations. The airport will undergo further upgrades in three consecutive phases which aims to boost the number to 24, 36 and 48 million passengers per annum. Muscat International Airport is ranked among the top 10 airports in Middle East at present and has recently won the 2018 World Travel Awards as Middle East’s Leading New Tourism Development Project 2018.