Munich Airport to expand business activities in the Gulf
FEB 4, 2015: Munich Airport will continue to contribute Bavarian expertise to expansion activities at airports in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf through projects in Doha and Muscat and Salalah. On a visit by a delegation from Munich Airport (FMG) headed by airport CEO Michael Kerkloh, the agreement was laid to continue and expand the cooperation with the partners in those states. "To date, Munich Airport has successfully provided support in 25 airport projects on four continents. As emphatically demonstrated by the agreements we have now signed, our expertise will continue to be eagerly sought after in the future, in particular in the Arabian Gulf region,” Said Michael Kerkloh. According to Markus Söder, the Bavarian minister of finance and chairman of the FMG Supervisory Board, "Munich Airport is Bavaria's calling card for the entire world. As an international air transportation hub, it is enormously important for the Bavarian economy. The skills of our experts have been in demand around the globe for many years. That's something Bavaria can be proud of." Prior to the opening, the Munich specialists organized and coordinated 125 days of test operations. FMG also planned, prepared and executed the move to the new location. The representatives of both partners signed an agreement to continue their cooperation at the airports in Muscat and Salalah. In Muscat, an expansion program is slated to quadruple the annual passenger handling capacity to 48 million. All of the expansion measures, including the new terminal, are scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. A new runway and control tower went into operation in December 2014. The expansion work at Salalah Airport in the south of Oman also includes a new runway, a new tower and an additional terminal. At both locations the FMG consultants will support the local partners in particular with the preparations to open the terminals, including the testing of the baggage systems. In addition, the Munich experts will help to prepare the relocation and provide training at both airports.