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CAA Begins Commercial Operation of Southern Runway at Muscat International Airport
CAA Begins Commercial Operation of Southern Runway at Muscat International Airport

CAA Begins Commercial Operation of Southern Runway at Muscat International Airport

Muscat, 16 May (ONA) --- The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today began commercial operation of the southern runway at Muscat International Airport.

The move is aimed at enhancing international and local air traffic at the airport and expanding multiple take-off and landing routes in accordance with the requirements of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations.

The southern 4-km long, 45-m wide runway accommodates all sizes of aircraft, including Airbus A380. It uses the latest devices to manage runway lighting in line with developments in the aviation industry. It also provides the lowest noise rates in the airport’s adjoining areas.

Maintenance tasks at the runway began in mid-May 2022 as part of the first phase of a plan to pave the strip with asphalt and connect it to nine new taxiways from the northern side and seven taxiways from the southern side, in addition to the construction of new service roads linking the airport’s facilities.

The second phase included resetting existing automated landing systems and meteorological devices used to land emergency flights, in addition to the installation of ground lighting for navigation on the airport apron and for accompanying tests during mid-January 2024.

The final phase of maintenance included technical and operational testing of new devices in coordination with airport operators and other service providers. This phase constitutes one of the tasks required by CAA to license the runway.

--- Ends/Bishara/AH