Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has announced that Duqm Airport will start commercial operations at its new passenger terminal from 17 September this year.

The announcement comes after the completion of the work at the terminal which started in July 2014.

Oman Airports, which manages the Duqm Airport, completed the basic operating trials with the participation of all relevant authorities and companies to ensure the smooth flow of travellers.

The eight-storey terminal building spans 27,386m², of which 9,614m² is for the passenger terminal, which is capable of managing 500,000 passengers per annum.

The terminal features two boarding bridges, five check-in and check-out counters, and a 4km-long and 75m-wide runway that can accommodate the latest aircraft.

“The airport, which is said to be an important addition to the Special Economic Zone in Duqm, is set to support the economic, social and tourism sector in Oman.”

As well as car rental and hotel reservation facilities, airline offices and a VIP lounge, the facility will include electronic gates with advanced security features and a conveyor belt for global and domestic flights.

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The airport will be equipped with a 38m Air Traffic Control (ATC) building, airport services, security apparatus, meteorology services, a fire station and cooling units.

Additionally, the airport will house an air cargo complex located adjacent to the passenger terminal. Covering an area of 9,958m², the complex can manage 25,000t of cargo annually.

The airport, which is said to be an important addition to the Special Economic Zone in Duqm, is set to support the economic, social and tourism sector in Oman.

Since its commencement of operations, Duqm Airport has welcomed 120,000 passengers until mid-July this year on the Muscat-Duqm route.