Operations at the new Muscat International Airport commenced on 20th March, 2018. Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al Zaabi, CEO of the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), said that the airport, which has an annual capacity of 20 million passengers, has great potential.
The capacity of the new airport will rise to 56 million passengers over subsequent phases. In terms of its facilities, the new airport can accommodate 59 aircraft, compared to 27 at the old airport, in addition to parking spaces for more than seven thousand cars.
Al Zaabi revealed that the total cost of the new airport amounted to approximately 1.7 billion Omani Rials. Sheikh Aiman Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, said that prior to the move, as many as 45 operating systems for simulation experiments were conducted, with over 27,000 volunteers participating.
The last flight from the old airport was Oman Air flight WY153 to Zurich at 2:45 pm and the first flight to arrive at the new airport was Oman Air flight WY462 from the Iraqi city of Najaf at 5:30 pm.