Muscat International Airport
|Muscat International Airport
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|Operator||Oman Airports Management Company|
Muscat International Airport (IATA: MCT, ICAO: OOMS), formerly Seeb International Airport, is the main international airport in Oman and is situated 32 km from the old city and capital Muscat within the Muscat metropolitan area. The airport serves as the hub for flag carrier Oman Air and features flights to several regional destinations as well as some intercontinental services to Asia, Africa and Europe.
It has hosted Royal Air Force BAe Nimrods in the past, including for the 1991 Gulf War. These aircraft cooperated with the Royal Navy of Oman in the 'Magic Roundabout' exercise series. The base was used by a detachment of Vickers VC10 tankers from No. 101 Squadron RAF during the Gulf War training with Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguars.
As of 1 February 2008, the airport's name has been changed from Seeb International Airport to Muscat International Airport.
The entire airport is spread over an area of 5,250 acres (21 km2). It originally featured one passenger terminal building, one runway as well as minor cargo and maintenance facilities and is currently undergoing a major extension and replacement consisting of a second runway, an entirely new passenger terminal and a new control tower. The new facilities are undergoing testing as of December 2017.
The facilities also includes a VIP terminal, and housing for airport staff as well as Oman Air employees. The Omani Royal Flight and Royal Air Force of Oman are based at the airport and the RAFO also shares its facilities with MCT.
The airport currently features one single, two-storey passenger terminal. It has a T-shape and is equipped with 58 check-in counters, 23 departure gates, 4 baggage reclaim belts and some service counters and shops. The building, dating from the 1970s, has been expanded several times during the last years to cater for growing passenger numbers. However, it still has no aircraft stands equipped with jet-bridges, therefore bus-boarding is used for all operations.
The current terminal will be replaced with an entirely new and significantly larger state-of-the-art facility to the north of the existing terminal and first runway. This new building, which is under construction as of June 11 2017, will initially bring the airport's capacity up to 12 million passengers a year upon completion of the first phase. Subsequent enlargements under second and third phases will increase the airport capacity to 24 and 48 million annual passengers respectively. The first stage will cover 580,000 sqm and will feature 118 check-in counters, 10 baggage reclaim belts, 82 immigration counters, 40 gates as well as a new ATC tower, 97 m high. The new terminal is located between the old and new runways and will be able to handle large aircraft such as Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s.
On 31 January 2018, it has been announced that the new terminal will be inaugurated on 20 March 2018 with all current operations to be relocated to the new facility.
Runways and apron
The airport used to have a single runway, designated as Runway 08R/26L. As of September 2016, a second newly built runway, numbered as 08L/26R, is already in use to the north of the new terminal building. The new runway can handle big airplanes such as the Boeing 747-8 and the Airbus A380 while the original runway between the new facilities and the current passenger terminal is closed for refurbishment and expansion as part of the construction of the entirely new main terminal building and apron area. The current apron features 32 stands on both sides of the T-shaped passenger terminal building with 30 new ones being constructed in two phases in front of the new terminal building of which several are already in use as of September 2016.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Muscat:
|Cargolux||Chennai, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mumbai|
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