Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has received about 17 prequalification documents for a contract to provide in-flight catering facilities at Muscat and Salalah International airport.

Companies were invited to submit prequalification documents by 31 January.

The ministry has also received about 18 prequalification documents for the package that covers maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and cargo facilities at both airports.

On 11 November 2010, a joint venture of local Galfar Engineering & Contracting and India’s Larsen & Toubro won the contract to build a new passenger terminal at Salalah airport. The passenger terminal at Salalah will be 55,000 square metres.

In October, a consortium of US’ Bechtel, the local Bahwan Engineering and Turkey’s Enka won the deal to build the new passenger terminal at Muscat International airport (MEED 27:10:10).

The consortium was expected to begin work on the terminal by the end of last year and is scheduled to finish in early 2014. The new terminal will cover a total area of 300,000 sq m and will have a total capacity of 12 million passengers annually.

A joint venture of Denmark’s Cowi and local Larsen Architects and Consulting Engineers is the consultant for both airport projects.