• Short Summary

    Oman's new international airport at Seeb came into service recently, replacing the old and unsuitable airfield at Eait-al-Falaj, near the capital Muscat.

  • Description

    Oman's new international airport at Seeb came into service recently, replacing the old and unsuitable airfield at Eait-al-Falaj, near the capital Muscat.

    The new complex at Seeb, 20 miles (32 kms) from Muscat, will be officially opened next January at a completed cost of about GBP 6 million.

    For pilots and passengers alike, landing at the old runway tended to be a hair-raising experience. Approached from the sea, it could only be reached by flying through a narrow gap in the surrounding mountains, with the wing tips almost touching the rocks on either side. Situated in a narrow valley, it was totally unsuitable for modern commercial jet aircraft, and even with smaller aircraft could not be used at night.

    Rather than upgrade the Sait-al-Falaj airfield, the Oman government decided to build a completely new complex at Seeb. Work began lats in 1971 and a 10,000 feet (3,300 meters) runway was opened in September 1972. When the project is finished later this year, there will be two separate terminals -- one for international passengers, the other for domestic flights -- as well as a restaurant and other transit facilities, and a cargo terminal.

    The Seeb Airport is capable of accepting the largest aircraft now in commercial use, including Jumbo jets. It's already handling up to forty flights a week, and nearly 10,00 passengers a month.

    The Oman government is attempting to persuade international airlines to use Seeb as a transit stoop-over between Europe and the Far East.

    SYNOPSIS: A new international airport at Seeb in Oman came into service recently, giving airlines another transit stop-over between Europe and the Far East.

    The Seeb complex replaces the old airfield at Bait-al-Salaj. Situated in a narrow valley, it could only be reached by flying through a mountain gap and could not be used at night.

    Rather than upgrade the Bait-al-Falaj field, the Oman government decided to build & completely new airport at Seeb, about twenty miles form the capital Muscat, It was designed by Dutch engineers and is being built by a Cyprus construction firm.

    Work began latter in 1971 and a 10,000 foot runway was opened in September last year.

    When the Seeb airport is completed later this year, there will be two separate terminals -- one for international passengers and one for domestic flights -- as well as a restaurant and other transit facilities, and a cargo terminal.

    The new airport is capable of accepting the largest aircraft now in commercial use, including Jumbo jets. It's already handling forty flights a week, and nearly 10,000 passengers a month. The completed cost of the Seeb complex will be around GBP 6 million.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB0UB3D0BRM6ZZ5X6GQ93M9SKV
    Media URN:
    VLVAB0UB3D0BRM6ZZ5X6GQ93M9SKV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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