: Robots to guide passengers at the new Muscat airport

Muscat: Two robots will be guiding travellers inside the new Muscat International airport after its March 20 inauguration, in the first such instance anywhere in the world. They will impersonate airport staff, the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) said. No further details have been given about the robots.

Additionally, passengers have been asked to report at least three hours before departure at the new airport on March 20.

The first flight will land at the new airport at 5.30pm while the first flight will depart at 6.50pm.

Those who need to cancel their visas have to report four hours before departure, according to a notice issued by Board of Airline Representatives to all travel agents.

The revamped Muscat International Airport is expected to have the capacity to handle more than 12 million passengers a year, and 48 million passengers after the completion of the four-phase construction projects.

The first stage covered 580,000 square metres and features 86 check-in counters, 10 baggage claim belts, 40 gates for both departure and arrival, 29 lounges, 29 aircraft stands with jet-bridges as well as a new control tower.

The new terminal will have the capacity to handle large aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747. The existing terminal will be used for low-cost carrier operations.