(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- The new passenger terminal at Duqm Airport will open on Monday with a grand launch ceremony planned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC).
Operations in the old terminal ended after the last flight, operated by Oman Air, took off for Muscat at 10am on Sunday. 'The last Oman Air flight has taken off from Duqm Airport (current terminal) as a preparation to operate the new terminal tomorrow,' MoTC tweeted on Sunday.The ministry stated that the new terminal will receive its first flight - Oman Air WY935 - from Muscat at 2:25 pm on Monday, while the first flight to depart from the building will be WY936 to Muscat at 5pm.The old terminal started operations on Renaissance Day 2014 - July 23. 'Our thanks to all our strategic partners who have made sincere efforts to ensure the success of operations in it,' Oman Airports, the authority that manages all the airports in the country, said in a statement.During the fourth anniversary celebrations of the airport on July 23 this year, Sheikh Aiman bin Ahmed al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, had announced that work on the new passenger terminal at Duqm Airport was nearing completion and that it would open in September.'It has been managed 100 per cent by Omanis since starting operations in the temporary airport in July 2014. The airport has achieved the aims for which it was set up,' he said.According to Sheikh Hosni, the airport connects Duqm to cities across the world. 'It complements the great efforts made by the Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm to put it on the world economic map and leverage its strategic location. The runway is designed to receive all types and sizes of aircraft and has a terminal with the capacity to handle 500,000 passengers annually.'The airport received 120,000 passengers since it started operations till mid-July this year on the Muscat-Duqm route. Oman Air has operated 3,000 flights - six flights weekly.The passenger terminal, spread over 5,600sq m, has two boarding bridges, five check in-out counters and a runway of 4km length and 75m width that can receive the biggest aircraft in the world.The eight-storey building includes a 37m air traffic control tower and offices for air observatories.The new passenger terminal is equipped with eight baggage check-in systems, five cabins for car rentals and hotel reservations, in addition to airline offices and a VIP lounge.