Air traffic control centre starts operation at Muscat Airport

5 August 2014 (Last Updated August 5th, 2014 05:59)

Oman's Minister of Transport and Communication, Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, has inaugurated a new air traffic control (ATC) centre at the Muscat International Airport to ensure safety of aircraft movement and boost airspace use.

Oman's Minister of Transport and Communication, Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, has inaugurated a new air traffic control (ATC) centre at the Muscat International Airport to ensure safety of aircraft movement and boost airspace use.

The opening of the centre is a part of the ongoing expansion projects at Muscat and Salalah Airports.

Minister Futaisi said: "This is an intermediate migration to the upcoming new international airport, whose first phase, whose will include the ATC and the runway, will open later this year.

"This gradual shift is very important for ensuring that operators are familiarised with the modern and advanced systems."

"This gradual shift is very important for ensuring that operators are familiarised with the modern and advanced systems."

The center has been developed by Indra, a Spain-based company and will have a single 56-inch screen in place of the current four screens, which would integrate all the facilities.

The installation of the new system will provide controllers with direct additional information from the aircrafts to the radar screen. A safety network, which is not present in the current system, will be used for this transfer of information.

ATC centre head Nasser Bin Salim Al Mazro'ee said that the new system would help meet the growing needs of rising air traffic, as well as have in place a high-level safety network.