Strabag Oman has received a contract to carry out the second phase of the Sohar Airport project in Oman.
Under the 27.6m-rial ($71m) contract, Strabag will construct airfield infrastructure, including a 4,000m-long runway with turning loops at the ends.
It will also build a parallel taxiway with high-speed exits, the terminal building and cargo aprons, and install navigation aids, fuel services and fire fighting systems.
The third phase of the project, to be tendered later this year, will include construction of a passenger terminal, an integrated air traffic control tower and buildings for air rescue and fire fighting services.
Once finished, the terminal building will be able to handle 500,000 passengers and 100,000t of air cargo a year. It is scheduled to open in 2013.
The new airport is expected to serve as an alternative to Muscat International Airport.