Over 17,000 people are expected to take part in the trial runs and explore the new Muscat International Airport from December.
Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) launched the campaign with a roadshow, ‘#JoinTheTrials’, on November 19, which will be held at several commercial and educational institutions, including Oman Avenues Mall to start with, followed by Muscat and Qurm City Centers and Muscat Grand Mall (MGM).
According to Pablo Lorenz, trials manager, OAMC, interested people from Muscat should register themselves on omanairportstrials.om.
While the participants will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis, other factors such as demographics, gender, and children-adult balance will be also taken into account. “We will try to present a possible real-time scenario that could crop up in the functioning of an airport,” Lorenz said.
The selected participants will be asked to assemble at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), from where they will be taken to the new airport by bus.
Starting from next month, the ‘#JoinTheTrials’ campaign could run into 2018. It will be open to more participants, depending on demand. The campaign will be promoted extensively on social media.
According to officials, Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) trials are entering the last phase after the successful completion of a series of internal, technical, logistical and airport management operations among internal stakeholders.
The campaign is aimed at assessing real-time experience of customers and at checking if the operations are in line with the requirements.
The stakeholders supporting the roadshow and ORAT trials include the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), the Royal Oman Police and Oman Air.
Speaking to Y Magazine, Saud bin Nasser bin Said al Hubaishi, general manager of Readiness, OAMC, said: “Muscat International Airport development is the largest project ever undertaken in the history of Oman to date. We are excited to be part of the journey and introduce the public to what we believe will be the gateway to opportunity.”
Trials involving the public will provide the ORAT team with an opportunity for live assessment.
The trials are intended to test all systems, facilities, procedures and personnel under real operational conditions, which allow for a comprehensive analysis and mitigation of potential problems well in advance of the opening day.
Once fully operational, the airport will have a capacity to handle 20 million passengers annually.