The Oman Met office (facebook page here) has announced that it thinks it is going to rain here in Muscat (any pretty much everywhere else in Northern Oman) in the next 3 days... so I'll hold off on getting my car washed then.
|Thanks to Mark for the image|
I'm not sure what went through the journalists mind when they wrote that article, but that headline should have read LESS parking spaces, and higher fees. It appears the spin doctors of Muscat International Airport - carparks division had done their job well! For those of you reading this that are not familiar with the Car Park's at the airport here, the single largest park is Car Park 2 - now dedicated to airport staff only, and always half empty, or half full, depending on how you like to look at things.
I've had the misfortune of visiting the airport twice in 2014 so far, one was a pick-up and one was a drop-off. I've noticed that in front of Car Park 1 and 3, there is now a new strip with spikes in it that will puncture a vehicles tires if reversed over. That's right, if you line up to enter the parking lot, and find that you can't get in, you have literally no choice but to sit there now until the gate opens (theoretically if there is a space that's become available) or be prepared to deal with 4 punctures.
How this has been allowed to happen (the reduction in parking spaces) is beyond me, and my only thoughts are is this to push more use of taxi's at the airport? How many of you have ordered a taxi to pick you up at your home, and have had that taxi turn up late, or not at all? My experience with this is... they never turn up when they're supposed to. Seeing as there is no worth-while public transport links to the airport, it would seem that MCT are attempting to annoy as many of their customers as possible.
Staff are there to run the airport, it's the customers that are the reason they have a job. Staff should not be parking in these badly needed parking spaces, yet here we are. I doubt it'll change now, and so we're doomed to not knowing whether we're actually going to find a parking spot or not when we go to the airport. So once again I ask... is there not a consumer protection organization that can be approached to force the airport to provide adequate facilities to it's customers?