Work has now commenced on upgrading and expanding Muscat International Airport which when finished in 2011 will see the Sultanate of Oman’s principal air gateway able to accommodate more than 12 million annual visitor arrivals.
Plans for the airport development include a new terminal building, 32 air bridges and an additional runway while the existing runway will be upgraded to handle the super-sized Airbus A380.
The new terminal will be constructed between the airport’s runways and will have a floor area covering 290,000 square feet.
Marriott has expanded its Courtyard by Marriott brand into the United Kingdom with the opening of the 218-room Courtyard by Marriott London Gatwick Airport, under a franchise agreement with Kew Green Hotels. The general manager of the new hotel is Janey Sheehan.
To celebrate its opening, the hotel is currently offering a special introductory rate of £69 (US$95) per night.