Construction works for Phase 3 of the Duqm Airport in Wusta governorate are 50% complete, with the project set for completion in 2017 and commencement of operation in 2018, a senior official confirmed. 

Dr Mohammed bin Nasser al-Za'abi, CEO of the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA), said it is expected that the construction of passenger terminals, a cargo building, supporting facilities to operate the airport, and a navigation and meteorology complex – which includes a control tower building – would be completed by the end of 2017. 

In a statement to ONA, Dr al-Za'abi said Duqm airport's operational commencement and move to new passenger terminals in slated for 2018. 

The facility's operational readiness will be ascertained ahead of its launch by all its stakeholders, including Omani Airports Management Company, Oman Air, the Royal Oman Police, and agencies coordinating with the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD). 

Four domestic flights are currently operated between Muscat International Airport and A'Duqm Airport each week, and this may be increased to five to meet consumer demand, Dr al-Za'abi added.