Oman


Salalah Airport set for a facelift


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Muscat: With the Salalah International Airport being readied, the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) has invited qualified companies to participate in the request for proposal (RFP) for the hotel reservation counters/space there.

Participating companies must provide a bank guarantee, issued by a local registered bank, for the sum of OMR5,000 addressed to Oman Airports Management Company, valid for 90 days from the closing date of submission of the proposals. "The proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope by October 2, 2014 before 3 pm," a statement from the OAMC said.

OAMC has also invited qualified businesses to participate in the RFP for car rental counters at the new Salalah Airport.

Earlier this year, it had called for tenders to design, supply and install bench seating at the gate lounges and public areas of the airport. Talking to Times of Oman, a senior official of OAMC said, "All these developments are part of the construction of the new airport at Muscat and Salalah."

While the new Muscat International Airport will have a capacity to handle 12 million passengers annually, the Salalah Airport is expected to handle two million passengers when it is completed.

According to World Travel and Tourism Council, the Oman tourism industry represents seven per cent of Oman's total GDP, or $5.3 billion — and this figure is expected to grow to $9.7 billion by 2023.

Once these two airports are ready, the OAMC plans to attract airlines from around the world.

"As and when the new airports open in Muscat and Salalah, the OAMC will be expected to attract more airlines and increase the frequencies to these airports as they will have a higher capacity," the official said.

The OAMC is not focusing on any one specific market to grow, but is seeking to attract airlines from various regions such as Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and the USA.

The new terminal at Salalah Airport envisages an expansion of capacity to two million passengers annually. The airport has been designed to allow for further expansion, and will be able to accommodate between two and six million passengers annually when the demand rises.

The expansion of Salalah Airport is part of a strategic plan to develop Salalah as a tourist destination.

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