Muscat International Airport invests in technological enhancements

29 November 2018
Muscat International Airport’s Passenger Terminal. Source: Neelam Mathews

The new USD5 billion Muscat International Airport project, the largest in Oman, is leading the way in technological developments.

The new complex boasts 3D curved trusses steel structures within the Passenger Terminal Building, which required two crawler cranes with a 1,600-tonne capacity for the consortium Bechtel-Enka –Bahwan (BEB) with design by the Danish COWI-Larsen Joint Venture, as well as the integration of technology to ensure swift passenger movement and non-intrusive security.

Spanish company Indra was contracted in a turn-key project to supply an advanced automated air traffic management system that provided controllers with a complete view of aircraft movement in the airspace. The controller workstations are holistically designed for current and future needs and are equipped with a 56 inch high-resolution screen providing rapid and easy access to radar, weather, and flight plan information. The open architecture ensures easy adaptation to future technological changes. “This streamlines operability and updates to new software versions or of information from various sources, without needing to modify the system,” said Indra.

The Muscat Control Centre (MCC), which governs Oman’s airspace, required a system that was adapted to the roles of in-flight and approach surveillance. Interoperability was essential to the design of the air traffic management systems and Indra systems are deployed in the MCC to manage the upper airspace of Oman, supporting about 1,600 flights and providing approach control services and back-up systems at the Muscat and Salalah International Airports. It also provides back-up systems for regional airports of Sohar, Ras Al Hadd, Duqum, and Adam.

In the Middle East region, Thales supports airports in Dubai, Doha, and Oman. Ensuring state-of-the-art technology for operations and security infrastructure was of the utmost importance to Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communication. Thales’ implementation of the integrated security management solutions, focusing on the Airport Operation Control Centres, includes an advanced perimeter intrusion detection system, video surveillance system with video analytics, access control, screening equipment, electronic-immigration gates (E-gates), and security check points.

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