Muscat International Airport

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Muscat International Airport
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IATA: MCTICAO: OOMS

MCT is located in Oman
MCT
MCT
Location of Airport in Oman
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Oman Airports Management Company
Serves Muscat
Location Muscat, Oman
Hub for Oman Air
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
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08R/26L (Closed Temp) [1] 11,758 3,584 Asphalt
08L/26R 13,123 4,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Total passengers 10,876,234 Increase
Total Aircraft movements 82,085 Increase

Muscat International Airport (IATA: MCTICAO: OOMS), formerly Seeb International Airport,[2] 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.

History[edit]

Interior of the current passenger terminal
The new terminal building under construction
Oman Air Airbus A330-300s parked on the apron

The airport opened as Seeb International Airport in 1973, replacing a smaller airfield located in Bayt al Falaj.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

As of 1 February 2008, the airport's name has been changed from Seeb International Airport to Muscat International Airport.[6]

Facilities[edit]

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Muscat:[9]

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah
Air Blue Karachi, Lahore
Air India Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Air India Express Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuram
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chittagong, Dhaka
British Airways Abu Dhabi (ends 29 October 2016),[10] London-Heathrow
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus
Egypt Air Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Emirates Dubai-International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
flydubai Dubai-Al Maktoum, Dubai-International
Gulf Air Bahrain
IndiGo Kochi, Mumbai
Iran Aseman Airlines Shiraz
Jet Airways Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram
Kish Air Kish Island, Shiraz
KLM Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Mihin Lanka Colombo
Oman Air Abu Dhabi, Amman-Queen Alia, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beirut, Cairo, Chennai, Chittagong, Colombo, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Goa, Guangzhou (begins 9 December 2016),[11] Hyderabad, Islamabad, Jaipur, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khasab, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lahore, London-Heathrow, Lucknow, Manila, Medina, Manchester (begins 1 April 2017),[12] Mashhad, Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai, Munich, Najaf (begins 18 September 2016),[13] Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Riyadh, Salalah, Singapore, Sohar, 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
Saudia Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh
Shaheen Air Lahore, Peshawar, Sialkot, Karachi
SmartWings
operated by Travel Service
Seasonal: Prague (begins 31 October 2016)[14]
SpiceJet Ahmedabad
Swiss International Air Lines Dubai-International, Zürich
Thai AirAsia X Bangkok-Don Mueang
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Karachi
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cargolux Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Mumbai
DHL Aviation Dubai-International
Oman Air Chennai, Luxembourg[15]

Statistics[edit]

Year Total passengers Total Freight including Mail in Tons Total Civil Aircraft movements
2015 10,314,449[16] N/A 94,920[17]
2014 8,709,505[18] N/A 82,085[19]
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

Access[edit]

The airport is located near the Sultan Qaboos Highway between Muscat and Seeb. Taxis, car hire and chauffeur services are available. Public busses stop infront of the airport area on the highway.[20]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Muscat International Airport at Wikimedia Commons