An architectural rendering of the new Muscat International Airport in the Sultanate of Oman.

NCR Corp. announced on Feb. 6 that it has been awarded its largest contract ever in the Middle East to provide state-of-the art information technology infrastructure at the Sultanate of Oman’s airports in Muscat and Salalah.

NCR, which is based in Atlanta, was granted the contract to provide networking and computing infrastructure, next-generation web check-in, information kiosks and an integrated telecommunications system.

The Muscat International Airport is the largest in Oman and the main hub of the national carrier, Oman Air. It currently has one terminal, but a second is being built and is to be completed by 2014.

The Salalah Airport is located in the southern region of the country, a popular tourism destination. It is the second largest airport in Oman and also is being rebuilt to accommodate more passengers, especially during the July-September Asian monsoon season, who like to vacation there due to its relative calm.

According to an NCR news release, the Middle East is to have the third fastest air passenger growth rate in the world at 6.6 percent from 2012 to 2016. At the same time, the freight demand is expected to grow at 4.9 percent, the strongest growth among the regions of the world.

“There is tremendous opportunity for NCR to facilitate this anticipated growth in airport construction, leveraging our core competencies, self-service expertise and comprehensive services network to help airports in the region design and deliver an exceptional passenger experience,” said NCR Travel Vice President and General Manager Tyler Craig.

The contract was awarded by Ultra Electronic Ithra, a joint United Kingdom, Oman venture which was officially established in April 2012 to design and build all of the electronic infrastructure, airport system, IT, communication and security systems in the new terminals at Muscat and Salalah airports.

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