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Introduction of Worlds Shortest Flight on the Gigantic Commercial Plane - Airbus A380



Muscat International Airport has successfully received the first two daily A380 flights operated by Emirates.

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Muscat International Airport has reaffirmed its infrastructure readiness to handle double-decker operations after successfully receiving on Monday, July 1, 2019, the first A380 flight, being one of two daily flights, which will be operated by Emirates between Muscat and Dubai. This will be the world's shortest flight on the gigantic double-decker Airbus A380.

Muscat International Airport’s family have demonstrated a thorough and seamless capacity to handle the large number of passengers arriving on the giant aircraft, especially since Muscat International Airport has been equipped with multi-level bridges designed for this purpose. The airport runway is also built to accommodate these giant aircrafts, with a length of 4 km and a width of 75 meters. Furthermore, the airport is equipped with corridors and private halls to cater the needs of the largest jets with high passenger capacity on a single trip.

Sheikh Ayman Bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, said: “We, at Oman Airports, are proud of Muscat International Airport which became the embodiment of the hospitality and warmth of the Sultanate of Oman. Since its opening, the airport has gained wide international recognition and won many international awards for its unique architecture that reflects the traditional Omani character with state-of-the-art technical specifications that enable it to offer an exceptional experience to the passengers traveling through “the Gate of Opportunities and Beauty”, in addition to its distinct operational standards that meet the requirements of international airlines. Once again, we are pleased, at Oman Airports, to welcome the launch of Emirates A380 flights, which comes one year after the first one-off A380 flight that marked 25 years of operations between Muscat International Airport and Emirates. The introduction of the daily A380 flights from and to Muscat, which will continue until next September, is a tribute to the efforts of our strategic partner, Emirates Airlines. It also means enhanced travel options and prestigious services to the airport users and passengers traveling through Muscat International Airport, as well as to those flying directly from Dubai or the UAE to Muscat.”

The Sultanate's airports experienced a significant increase in the number of passengers during the first five months of the current year. The number of passengers rose to 7.2 million passengers, including arrivals, departures and transfers at Muscat, Salalah, Sohar and Duqum airports. The number of international flights recorded about 46,000 flights.

Muscat International Airport achieved an increase in the number of passengers on international and domestic flights by 7.8 percent during the period between January-May this year, registering 6.6 million passengers compared with 6.1 million passengers in the same period last year. Muscat Airport in 2018 achieved a record number of passengers exceeding 15.4 million passengers.

Muscat International Airport redefines the passenger experience through its state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities, with a full range of shops, restaurants, and exclusive business and first-class lounges. The airport hosts also a first-of-its-kind transit hotel and a parking lot with various options, with internal shuttle services between the arrival and departure terminals. From the moment passengers set foot in the airport, they are fascinated by the surroundings and distinct cultural and artistic perspectives of the airport design, which reflects the treasures of the Sultanate Oman and its geographical and human environment.

Muscat International Airport was voted the Best Airport in the Middle East in 2019 during the World Travel Awards. It was also the recipient of the prestigious Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment 2018 in the Best Private Sector eService category for the its Data eServices project.

The launch of the A380 flights will come exactly one year after the first deployment of a scheduled one-off A380 service that marked 25 years of operations to Oman and reaffirmed the airport’s infrastructure readiness to handle double-decker operations.