Training centre, hospital planned at old Muscat airport: Hinai
A number of projects including an aviation training institute, a hospital, and an amusement cum educational centre for children are being planned at the old Muscat airport premises.
The old terminal and other facilities remain unused since the opening of new Muscat airport on March 20. “We are not converting it (old airport terminal and building) into a hypermarket or retail space,” said Mustafa al Hinai, chief executive officer, Oman Aviation Group at an event held at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation head office on Monday. “The (older one) airport is meant for the aviation sector and will continue to remain so.”
Hinai said a master plan has been prepared for the old airport. “We are looking at the right kind of investor for finalising the project. We are open to private investment also.”
Revealing their plans for the old airport, he said,“Going forward, we are planning to use the premises for aviation-related services only. This includes bringing all our training centres under one entity which will help increase professional capacity.”
Hinai said there is a plan to have an emergency hospital too aligning with the airport operations. “We are working to roll out one of the Tanfeedh initiatives which calls for setting up an edutainment facility for educating young people about the importance of aviation sector in daily life and in the economy of a country.”
Hinai said currently the premise is being used as a transport gate for cargo operations as the new airport requires different gates (entry points at an airport for different purposes such as business gate for VIP movement, or a dedicated gate for the maintenance crew as well as emergency services).