Muscat and Salalah airports are to be equipped with new multilateral surveillance systems (MSS), as part of a nationwide air traffic management modernisation and upgrade programme across Oman.
The Oman Civil Aviation Authority has selected Era – a subsidiary of SRA International – to deploy the new surface surveillance systems, which should improve safety and efficiency at both the airports.
The upgrade will also help Muscat and Salalah airports adapt for the predicted growth in traffic at the gateways.
Muscat International Airport is currently undergoing a large infrastructure enhancement project to cope with the surge in air traffic the airport has seen over the past decade.
Between 2000 and 2010, passenger traffic at the airport has almost doubled from 36,082 to 67,160 and is expected to grow even further over the next decade.
Salalah Airport has also seen significant growth over the same period – from 182,000 passengers in 2000 to 455,000 passengers in 2010.
Era’s surveillance system is designed to be able to adapt to the inevitable changes that will happen at each of these airports as a result of this traffic growth.
Meanwhile, according to Era, the MSS will ensure that surface operations run safely and efficiently both during and after the infrastructure enhancement projects.
Kevin Layton, senior vice president of Era Systems Corporation, said: “MSS is a scalable and reconfigurable solution, allowing for the comprehensive surveillance of an ever-changing airport surface. This makes it the ideal choice for the rapidly growing airports in Oman.”