Oman airport projects set to generate 4,000 new jobs in 2014
By staff - Fri Jul 08, 6:09 pm
OMAN. Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications said that the four airports currently under construction in the Sultanate can create as many as 4,000 jobs upon completion in 2014, according to media reports.
Airports in Sohar, Duqm, Ras Al Hadd and Sur are under different phases of construction to cater to the growing aviation needs in the region.
“These airports will have terminal buildings, cargo facilities, catering units, aircraft hangars, maintenance of equipment and duty free shops as well as air traffic controllers and technicians. We think at least 4,000 jobs will be needed to be created to run these facilities by the year 2014,” a Ministry of Transport Project official told the Omani newspaper.
The Ministry of Transport has already awarded contracts worth over RO1.5 billion (US$3.9 billion) for the construction of the four airports, including the purchase of air navigation equipment such as radars, transmitters, receivers and other air surveillance instruments.
The airport projects are timely as the government faces mounting pressure to raise thousands of jobs every year as graduates seek employment after completion of their education, the report said.
In March His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said ordered the creation of 50,000 jobs for Omani nationals as part of the efforts to meet citizens’ demands. The government promised a series of reforms, including unemployment benefits of RO150 (US$390) a month.
Apart from the four new airports under construction, the Muscat and Salalah airports have started an expansion programme. Both airports will have new terminal buildings, cargo facilities, runways, parking facilities and control towers, according to the report.
Both new airports and the expansion of the existing ones will cater to the growing demand of tourism and business visitors.
Currently, Muscat International Airport can handle only one million passengers a year. When completed, it would cater to 12 million passengers annually. Further expansions planned in three subsequent phases will further boost the airport’s annual capacity to 24, 36 and 48 million passengers when the demand is required.
The new terminal at Salalah Airport will be expanded to cater to one million passengers annually by 2014. The airport has been designed to allow for further expansions to cater for future demand growth of two to six million passengers annually.
Upon completion in 2014, Muscat International Airport will be equipped to handle 12 million passengers annually