Muscat International Airport

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Muscat International Airport

مطار مسقط الدولي
New terminal under construction at Muscat Airport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorOman Airports
ServesMuscat
LocationSeeb, Oman
Opened1973; 50 years ago (1973)
Hub for
Coordinates23°36′06″N 58°17′24″E / 23.6015386°N 58.2899376°E / 23.6015386; 58.2899376
Websitemuscatairport.co.om
Map
MCT is located in Oman
MCT
MCT
Location of Airport in Oman
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08R/26L 11,758 3,584 Asphalt
08L/26R 13,123 4,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Total passengers14,034,865 Increase
Total Aircraft movements114,258 Increase

Muscat International Airport (IATA: MCT, ICAO: OOMS), formerly Seeb International Airport,[1] is the main international airport in Oman and is located in Seeb, 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 Oman's first budget airline Salam Air, and features flights to several regional destinations as well as some intercontinental services to Asia, Africa and Europe.

History[edit]

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]

On 1 February 2008, the airport was given its present name.[1]

Facilities[edit]

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. Part of the airport complex extension featured housing for airport employees and Oman Air employees.

During the expansion, a new terminal and control tower was built along with a new runway. The current terminal is the biggest airport in Oman, construction was started in 2007 and opened in 2018. The new facilities also include a VIP terminal for private jets and an onsite airport hotel.

The Royal Flight of Oman and Royal Air Force of Oman are based at the airport and the RAFO also shares its facilities with the airport. A Royal Terminal and Royal Flight hangars are located adjacent to the old terminal.

Since 2019 the Aaronia AARTOS C-UAS drone detection system is installed[5] which makes it the first international airport in the world to have an operational drone detection system.

Terminals[edit]

Terminal 1 (new terminal)[edit]

The airport's newer and significantly larger terminal located north of the existing terminal and first runway, opened in 2018. This new building initially brought the airport's capacity up to 20 million passengers a year upon completion of the first phase.[6] Subsequent enlargements under second and third phases will increase the airport capacity to 24 and 48 million annual passengers respectively.[6] The terminal covers 580,000 sqm and features 118 check-in counters, 10 baggage reclaim belts, 82 immigration counters, 45 gates and a new, 97-meter control tower. The new terminal is located between the old and new runways and is capable of handling large aircraft such as Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s.[7] The terminal opened on 18 March 2018, with the first flight, an Oman Air flight from Najaf, arriving at 6:30 p.m.[8]

Terminal 2 (old terminal)[edit]

Terminal 2 is a single-building, two-story, T-shaped passenger terminal. Built in 1970, it opened in 1973 as a replacement of the Bait al-Falaj airport and has been expanded several times during the last years to cater for growing passenger numbers.[9] This terminal featured 58 check-in counters, 23 departure gates, 4 baggage reclaim belts and several service counters and shops.[9] During its years of operation, passengers and crew were transported to and from the aircraft using shuttle buses as the terminal lacks jet bridges.

The last international flight to depart from the old terminal was an Oman Air flight to Zurich, Switzerland, while another Oman Air flight bound for Salalah became the last domestic flight.[8] The old facility was planned to be redeveloped into a low-cost carrier terminal,[10] but was instead turned into a field hospital and COVID-19 vaccination site ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Runways and apron[edit]

The airport has two runways. The original runway, designated as Runway 08R/26L, is capable of handling the Boeing 747-400 and 777. The second runway, located to the north of the new terminal building, numbered 08L/26R, opened on December 14, 2014, and can handle larger airplanes such as the Boeing 747-8, Airbus A380, and the Antonov An-225. The original runway between the new facilities and the old passenger terminal closed in 2015 for refurbishment and expansion[11] as part of the construction of the entirely new main terminal building and apron area.

The old terminal's apron features 32 stands[9] on both sides of the T-shaped passenger terminal building with 30 new ones constructed in two phases[7] in front of the new terminal building of which several are already in use as of September 2016.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Muscat:[12]

{{Airport-dest-list | Air Arabia | Sharjah | Air Arabia Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi[13] | Air Arabia Egypt | Alexandria,[14] Cairo[15] | Airblue | Lahore | Air France | Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[16] | Air India | Delhi, Mumbai | Air India Express | Bangalore,[17] Hyderabad, Kannur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Vijayawada | Biman Bangladesh Airlines | Chittagong, Dhaka, Sylhet1 | Cham Wings Airlines | Damascus | Edelweiss Air | Zürich[18] | Egyptair | Cairo | Emirates | Dubai–International | Ethiopian Airlines | Addis Ababa | Etihad Airways | Abu Dhabi | flydubai | Dubai–International | Go First[19] | Kannur, Mumbai | Gulf Air | Bahrain | IndiGo | Chennai (resumes 26 March 2023),[20] Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram | Iran Aseman Airlines | Chabahar/Konarak | Jazeera Airways | Kuwait City[21] | Karun Airlines | Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas | Kish Air | Bandar Abbas, Kish, Shiraz | KLM | Amsterdam, Dammam | Kuwait Airways | Seasonal: Kuwait City[22] | Oman Air | Abu Dhabi, Alexandria, Amman–Queen Alia, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cairo, Chennai, Chittagong, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai–International, Duqm, Frankfurt, Goa–Dabolim (ends 25 March 2023),[23] Goa–Mopa (begins 26 March 2023),[24] Guangzhou, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khasab, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait City, Lahore, London–Heathrow, Manila, Mashhad, Medina, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Munich, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phuket,[25] Riyadh, Salalah, Shiraz, Trabzon, Zanzibar, Zürich | Pakistan International Airlines | Faisalabad, Gwadar, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Sialkot, Turbat | Pars Air | Shiraz | Pegasus Airlines | Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen | Qatar Airways | Doha | Qeshm Air | Mashhad, Qeshm, Shiraz, Tehran–Imam Khomeini | SalamAir | Abu Dhabi, Alexandria, Bahrain, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[26] Bishkek,[27] Bursa, Chittagong, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai–International, Duqm,[28] Istanbul,[29] Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Jaipur, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kozhikode, Kuwait City, Lucknow,[30] Mashhad, Masirah,[31] Medina, Multan, Osh,[27] Phuket, Prague,[32] Riyadh, Salalah, Sarajevo, Shiraz, Sialkot, Ta'if, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Trabzon
Charter: Mukhaizna[33]
Seasonal: Kuala Lumpur–International (begins 3 July 2023)[34] | Saudia | Jeddah, Riyadh, Medina | SpiceJet | Ahmedabad | SriLankan Airlines | Colombo–Bandaranaike | Taban Air | Shiraz, Tehran–Imam Khomeini[35] | Turkish Airlines | Istanbul | US-Bangla Airlines | Chittagong, Dhaka, Sylhet[36] | Vistara | Mumbai[37] | Wizz Air | Abu Dhabi[38]


Notes
  • ^1 Biman Bangladesh Airlines' flight from Muscat to Dhaka makes a stop at Sylhet. However, the flight from Dhaka to Muscat is non-stop.

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Cargolux[39] Luxembourg
Qatar Airways[40] Doha
SalamAir[41] Dhaka, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Khartoum, Mumbai

Statistics[edit]

Aerial view of the entire airport showing the new terminal in the center with the old facilities on top
Terminal 2, the former main building
Oman Air Airbus A330-300s parked on the apron of the old terminal. Until the opening of the new Terminal, there were no jetbridges available.
Annual passenger traffic at MCT airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual Passenger and Freight Total[42]
Year Passengers Freight in MT Aircraft movements
2020 4,085,499 Decrease 109,806 Decrease 35,188
2019 16,038,844 Increase 240,285 Increase 117,601
2018 15,392,095 Increase 212,764 Increase 118,698
2017 14,061,732 Increase 200,852 Increase 114,360
2016 12,031,496 Increase 180,332 Increase 103,326
2015 10,315,358 Increase 154,868 Increase 103,915
2014 8,709,505 Increase 121,368 Increase 92,347
2013 8,310,927 Increase 120,667 Increase 90,223
2012 7,546,716 Increase 112,306 Increase 81,486
2011 6,479,860 Increase 98,085 Increase 78,650
2010 5,752,017 Increase 96,696 Increase 79,710
2009 4,558,002 Increase 63,764 Increase 66,872
2008 4,001,393 Decrease 57,887 Decrease 58,346
2007 4,219,000 Decrease 76,448 Decrease 49,806
2006 4,778,000 Increase 97,908 Increase 49,901
2005 4,071,000 Increase 76,563 Increase 52,781
2004 3,461,000Increase 67,151 Increase 43,622
2003 2,886,000 Increase 48,630 Increase 42,330
2002 2,447,000 Decrease 46,934 Decrease 39,555
2001 2,700,992 Decrease[43] 71,830 Increase[43] 35,064[43]
2000 2,721,393[43] 69,696[43] 36,082[43]

Access[edit]

Oman National Transport Company (Mwasalat) operates 24-hour service special airport buses at fixed intervals. The Route A1 operates between Mabela and Ruwi bus station with a stop at Muscat Airport. Bus Route 8 (Al Mouj-Al Khuwair) also has a stop at Muscat Airport. Metered-airport taxis are available with special counters at the baggage and arrival halls. Car hire and chauffeur services are also available. [44]

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External links[edit]

Media related to Muscat International Airport at Wikimedia Commons