New Muscat and Salalah airports now half-built

New Muscat and Salalah airports now half-built
New Muscat International Airport
Published: 18 February 2013 - 10 a.m.

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The $1.7bn project to develop a new terminal Muscat's International Airport has passed the halfway stage, with the new runway, civil aviation HQ and control tower set to complete by the end of the year.

Oman's Minister of Transport and Communications paid a visit to the site yesterday where he announced that the project was now 52% complete. He added that a new Testing and Training Centre was also being set up at the airport to test new aeronautical technologies.

According to the Oman News Agency, Minister Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi also said that the $1.5bn upgrade of Salalah International Airport had also reached the halfway stage, with concrete works for the passenger terminal and air traffic control tower now complete. The runway is expected to complete by the middle of the year.

The ministry re-tendered the consultancy contract overseeing both projects last year after deciding to cancel Cowi-Larsen's contract. In November 2012, Oman's Tender board announced that Hill International had won a $108.6m tender to see the projects through to completion in 2014.

The minister also provided updates on projects to improve domestic airports at Sohar and A'Duqm, which he said were 72% and 60% complete respectively.

Meanwhile, Adam airport is undergoing a change of use from civil to military use and is due shortly to be handed over to theMinistry of Defence.

During the visit, contracts worth $7.5m were also signed with local SMEs to provide a range of goods and services including marble, rock, timber, IT networks and training.

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