By: Vinod Nair
MUSCAT: A special type of construction will be employed to build a new multi-storey parking facility at the Car Park 2 of the Muscat International Airport, said Saeed K al Zadjally, acting CEO and general manager, technical services, Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC). Zadjally told the Observer that this special method will help have minimal impact to the car park operations. “In terms of short-term parking, our Car Park No. 2 has ample capacity and we don’t foresee any shortage.”
He added that during the construction period, ten per cent of the car park will be required to be isolated for each phase of the work.“This will be done in several phases to ensure that at least 90 per cent of the car park capacity will be available to the public at any given time of construction period,” said Zadjally. OAMC is building the new multi-storey car park at the existing short-term parking facility (Car Park No.2), which currently has a capacity of 875 slots. After the construction of the additional parking level, it will have a total capacity of around 1,525 slots.
Apart from the benefit of increasing the capacity, at least more than 660 parking spaces will be automatically shaded. A number of airport users have welcome the new project and hoped that it will be completed on schedule.“Currently, it becomes difficult at times to get a parking slot, especially during night peak hours and holiday seasons.“With the airport’s passenger traffic growing by day, we can say that this new facility will bring a big relief to everyone.”
Mohammed Abdul Rehman hoped that they will not raise airport parking charges.“These days, all new benefits come at an extra cost, but I welcome the new facility as it will help us to park the car quickly and rush to the airport lounge.” A taxi driver Khalfan hoped that the new facilities will bring extra space to park vehicles. He added that an early solution to all these issues will make Muscat airport one of the best in the region.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER