Seeb Airport switches to new name

Our Correspondent
Filed on February 2, 2008

MUSCAT Oman's main Seeb Airport switched over to its new name 'Muscat International Airport ' yesterday . The new name reflects the "status of Muscat among capitals of the world," Mohammed bin Sakhr Al Amri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Civil Aviation Affairs, said.

"This airport is the first and main airport of the Sultanate and it is therefore natural that it bears the name of the country's political

capital with all that it represents," he added. The government had announced its decision to effect the change late last year.

Approvals from international organisations like IATA and ICAW have already been obtained.

The government has unveiled an ambitious project to develop the Muscat and Salalah airports at a cost of $3 billion. It has also plans to construct

three new airports, two of them in prominent tourist areas and the third in Sohar, 240 km from Muscat. "As Muscat is the official capital and administrative centre of the state, it is only natural to name the airport after the city," Ziyad bin Karim Al Harami, CEO of Omani Air, the Sultanate 's national carrier, said.

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