Muscat International Airport
|Muscat International Airport
مطار مسقط الدولي
|Operator||Oman Airports Management Company|
|Hub for||Oman Air|
Muscat International Airport (IATA: MCT, ICAO: OOMS), formerly Seeb International Airport, is the main international airport in Oman. It is situated 32 km from the old city and capital Muscat within the Muscat metropolitan area and serves as the hub for flag carrier Oman Air.
The airport opened as Seeb International Airport in 1973, replacing a smaller airfield located in Bayt al Falaj. 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 21 square kilometres (8.1 sq mi). It currently has one terminal which will be replaced upon completion of the new terminal, expected to be in late 2016. This new 29-gate terminal 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.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Muscat:
|Cargolux||Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mumbai|
|Oman Air||Chennai, Luxembourg|
|Year||Total passengers||Total Freight including Mail in Tons||Total Civil Aircraft movements|
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