Muscat International airport is expected to start full operations in the third quarter of 2017, according to a source familiar with the project.

The airport was originally scheduled to fully open in late 2016.

“The construction of the entire facility is expected to be completed before the end of the first quarter [of 2017], this will be followed by six months of soft opening where tests on the various elements of the airport will be conducted,” the source tells MEED.

Dr Ahmad al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, told local media in 2016 that the delay in the construction work was due to the need to treat the moist soil where the runway was being built.

Muscat International processed more than 10 million passengers and close to 131,000 tonnes of cargo in 2015.

Designed by France’s ADPI, the new airport has a capacity to handle up to 12 million passengers a year. Succeeding phases of the airport expansion plan entails bringing the airport’s capacity to up to 48 million.

A team of Consolidated Contractors Company (Lebanon) and TAV Construction (Turkey) won the $1.17bn infrastructure works package for both the Muscat and Salalah international airports in 2007. A joint venture of Bechtel (US), Enka (Turkey) and Bahwan Engineering Company (local) won the $1.8bn contract for the construction of both airports’ passenger terminal buildings and related facilities in 2010.

Key packages Contractor Contract value ($m) Award Completion
Project management consultancy ADPI (France) na 2006 2014
Principal consultant for design and supervision Hill International (US) 186.7 2012 2016
Civil works – new runway, taxiway, apron, landside development, access road to terminal Consolidated Contractors Company (Lebanon) / TAV Construction (Turkey) JV 1,169 2007 2016
Air traffic control (ATC), data centre (DC2), contingency & training building (C&T), crash, fire & rescue (CFR) Carillion Alawi (local) 148 2010 2014
Passenger terminal building Bechtel (US) / Enka (Turkey)/ Bahwan Engineering Company (local) JV 1,834 2010 2016
Civil aviation headquarters Towell Construction (local) na na na
IT & security systems Ultra Electronics (UK) na na na
Operational readiness & airport transfer (ORAT) Munich Airport (Germany) na na na
Baggage-handling systems Vanderlande Industries (The Netherlands) 73 2011 2016
Air traffic management systems Indra (Spain) na na na
Navigational aids systems Thales (France) na na na
Passenger boarding bridges JBT Corporation (US) na na na
Detail design and construction of cargo and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities Joannou & Paraskevaides (Greece) 518 2007 2016
Detail design and construction of catering facilities Galfar Engineering & Contracting (local) 174 2013 2016
Design, supply, installation and commissioning of a new radar Raytheon (US) na na na
Design and construction supervision services for MRO hangars and cargo facilities Ghafari Associates (local) na na na
Design and Construction Supervision for Inflight catering facilities Al-Hatmy Engineering (UAE) na na na
Dredging works and soil reclamation Boskalis Westminster (The Netherlands) na na na
Improving & strengthening the soil Solitanche Bachy (France) na na na
Sources: OAMC; MEED Projects