Muscat International Airport

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Muscat International Airport
مطار مسقط الدولي
Aerial view of Muscat Airport.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Oman Airports Management Company
Serves Muscat
Location Muscat, Oman
Hub for
Coordinates 23°35′18.92″N 58°17′26.16″E / 23.5885889°N 58.2906000°E / 23.5885889; 58.2906000Coordinates: 23°35′18.92″N 58°17′26.16″E / 23.5885889°N 58.2906000°E / 23.5885889; 58.2906000
MCT is located in Oman
Location of Airport in Oman
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08R/26L (Closed temp) 11,758 3,584 Asphalt
08L/26R 13,123 4,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Total passengers 14,034,865 Increase
Total Aircraft movements 114,258 Increase

Muscat International Airport (IATA: MCTICAO: OOMS), formerly Seeb International Airport,[1] 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.


The airport opened as Seeb International Airport in 1973, replacing a smaller airfield located in Bayt al Falaj.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

As of 1 February 2008, the airport's name has been changed from Seeb International Airport to Muscat International Airport.[1]


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.[5]

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.

Current Terminal[edit]

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.[6] The building, dating from the 1970s, has been expanded several times during the last years to cater for growing passenger numbers.[6] However, it still has no aircraft stands equipped with jet-bridges, therefore bus-boarding is used for all operations.

After the opening of the new terminal and the relocation of all airlines to it in March 2018, this old facility will be redeveloped to be used by low-cost carriers.[7]

Future Terminal[edit]

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.[8] Subsequent enlargements under second and third phases will increase the airport capacity to 24 and 48 million annual passengers respectively.[8] 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.[9]

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.[7]

Runways and apron[edit]

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[10] as part of the construction of the entirely new main terminal building and apron area. The current apron features 32 stands[6] on both sides of the T-shaped passenger terminal building with 30 new ones being constructed in two phases[9] in front of the new terminal building of which several are already in use as of September 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Muscat:[11]

The current terminal
Interior of the current terminal
The new terminal under construction as of August 2017
Oman Air Airbus A330-300s parked on the apron
Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Blue Karachi, Lahore
Air India Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Air India Express Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chittagong, Dhaka
British Airways London–Heathrow
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus
EgyptAir Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Emirates Dubai–International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai–International
Gulf Air Bahrain
IndiGo Chennai, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram (begins 25 March 2018)
Iran Aseman Airlines Shiraz
Jet Airways Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram
Kish Air Bandar Abbas, Chabahar/Konarak, Kish Island, Shiraz[12]
KLM Amsterdam, Dammam
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Oman Air Abu Dhabi, Amman–Queen Alia, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beirut (resumes December 2018), Cairo, Casablanca (begins 1 July 2018),[13] Chennai, Colombo, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Doha, Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Goa, Guangzhou, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul–Atatürk (begins 1 June 2018),[13] Jaipur, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khasab, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Lucknow, Manila, Medina, Manchester, Mashhad, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Munich, Nairobi–Kenyatta, Najaf, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Salalah, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Zanzibar, Zürich
Pakistan International Airlines Gwadar, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot, Turbat
Qatar Airways Doha
Regent Airways Chittagong, Dhaka
Rotana Jet Abu Dhabi
SalamAir Doha,[14] Dubai–International, Jeddah, Karachi, Medinah,[15] Salalah, Shiraz,[16] Sialkot
Seasonal: Ta'if (begins 15 May 2018)[17]
Saudia Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
Shaheen Air Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot, Karachi, Multan
SpiceJet Ahmedabad
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
Swiss International Air Lines Dubai–International, Zürich
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Karachi
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
US-Bangla Airlines Chittagong, Dhaka


Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Chennai, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mumbai
DHL Aviation Dubai-International


Year[18] Total passengers Total Freight including Mail in Tons Total Civil Aircraft movements
2016 12,031,496[19] N/A 103,326[20]
2015 10,314,449[20] N/A 94,920[20]
2014 8,709,505[21] N/A 82,085[21]
2013 8,310,927 120,040 81,244
2012 7,546,715 113,269 73,842
2011 6,479,860 98,780 68,696
2010 5,751,516 96,390 67,160
2009 4,556,502 64,419 55,330
2008 4,002,121 58,486 45,600
2007 4,220,429 77,292 45,655
2006 4,777,747 99,529 46,319


The airport is located near the Sultan Qaboos Highway between Muscat and Seeb. Taxis, car hire and chauffeur services are available. Public buses stop in front of the airport area on the highway.[22]


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  2. ^ "Airport History". Oman Airports Management Company. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Gp Capt Brian Burridge, Royal Air Force Nimrods in the Gulf
  4. ^ "19 Years Over Iraq". The Official RAF Annual Review 2010. Stamford: Key Publishing: 9. December 2010. 
  5. ^ - Muscat airport’s new terminal to be operational by end 2017: Al Futaisi 12 February 2017
  6. ^ a b c - Airport Development retrieved 30 September 2016
  7. ^ a b - New Muscat airport terminal to open on March 20 31 January 2018
  8. ^ a b "New terminal complex for Muscat International Airport". Bechtel. 
  9. ^ a b - New Airport Development retrieved 30 September 2016
  10. ^ "Pilot information for Muscat international Airport". Our Airports. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  11. ^ - TimeTable retrieved 23 July 2016
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  13. ^ a b Oman Air plans new destiantions in S18 Routesonline. 9 February 2018.
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  15. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Salam Air network expansion in May 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
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  22. ^ - Transportation from/to Muscat International Airport - Muscat Airport retrieved 23 July 2016

External links[edit]

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