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Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority plans six new airports

21 May 2024 Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority plans six new airports By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman is set to build six new airports, which are expected to begin operations between 2028 and 2029, according to Naif bin Ali al Abri, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority.

In an interview with Al Sharq on the sidelines of the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, Abri informed that the consulting designs for the new airports have begun this year.

Through this planned expansion, he said, Oman aims to increase the number of airports in the country to 13, facilitating domestic aviation and bolstering tourism.

The CAA chairman asserted that with the completion of these projects, Oman anticipates a significant surge in airport passenger traffic, projected to reach 50mn by 2040 from the current 17mn.

The upcoming airports are strategically planned to attract more international traffic and bolster logistics and tourism in specific regions. These new facilities will connect passengers with Oman’s industrial areas in Sohar, Salalah and Duqm.

Naif bin Ali al Abri, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority
Naif bin Ali al Abri, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority

Talking about National Aviation Strategy 2040, Abri said before the pandemic in 2019, the Cabinet approved the National Aviation Strategy 2030.

“Following the pandemic, we focused on heavily restructuring the aviation sector and dismantling our holding structure and various companies,” he pointed out.

“CAA took additional responsibilities of building airports and overseeing all related infrastructure. Given the change in forecasts for tourism beyond the pandemic, CAA decided to review its 2030 strategy and extend its targets to 2040.”

The strategy involves multiple facets beyond just airports and commercial airlines, training and traditional operations. “Today we are talking about many new issues, such as implementing new technologies such as drones; attracting and accommodating private aviators including amphibious airplanes or sea airplanes; positioning our airports as logistics centers; and perhaps starting a new airline. All these aspects are included in the new National Aviation Strategy 2040.”

CAA, in cooperation with 60 local entities, worked for eight months to approve the 2040 strategy, the chairman highlighted.

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