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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) will start the campaign with a roadshow, ‘#JoinTheTrials’ from 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, said the interested members from Muscat should register themselves on omanairportstrials.om from Sunday (November 19).
While participants will be selected on a first-come-basis, 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. Selected participants will be asked to assemble at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), from where they will be transferred to the new airport in a bus.
Starting from next month, the ‘#JoinTheTrials’ campaign could run into 2018. It will be open to more participants as per the demand. The campaign will be promoted extensively through the social media.
According to officials, the 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 the internal stakeholders.
This campaign is aimed at reviewing and assessing real-time experience of customers and that operations are in line with the requirements.
The stakeholders supporting the roadshow and ORAT trials include the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), Royal Oman Police and Oman Air.
Speaking to Y Magazine, Saud bin Nasser bin Said al Hubaishi, general manager of Readiness, OAMC, said, “Today, the Muscat International Airport development is the largest project ever undertaken in the history of Oman. 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 a live assessment opportunity for the ORAT team.
The trials are also 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.