Muscat International Airport (MCT) Guide

Muscat Airport is the main International airport of Oman and since it is located about 32 kilometers from Muscat, it is also known as Muscat Airport, though formerly it was known as Seeb International Airport.

Opened in 1973 as Seeb Intl Airport, it took the place of an already existing comparatively smaller airfield which was located in the Muscat village of Bayt al Falaj. Now sprawled over an area of about 21 square kilometers, MCT has a single two-storey terminal which acts as a hub for various airlines lines, mainly Oman Air and provides intercontinental flights to various locations in Europe and Asia.

Inside the Airport

Facilities & Services

As already stated, Muscat International Airport is Oman’s main airport; hence as expected it offers all the necessary facilities and services that a passenger expects. Operated by Oman Airports Management Company, Muscat International Airport is fully equipped to meet the needs of the international passengers.

Its terminal is T-shaped and is equipped with enough things to meet the passenger traffic that it attracts now; it has now about 58 check-in counters, 23 departure gates, 3 baggage-reclaim belts plus necessary shops and service counters. The airport building, though dates back to 1970s, has been expanded several times over the years to meet the international standards.

Air Lounge
  • Premium Class Lounges : In case you have layover time and you want to spend some quiet time while resting, you can retire to a lounge. However, note that MCT only has premium lounges, namely Omar Air Premium Class Lounge and Plaza Premium Lounge.

  • Medical Assistance : In case someone needs medical assistance, a clinic is available; equipped with a doctor, two nurses and an ambulance driver and it remains open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Also note that the clinic is kept stocked with medicines and all the medical services are offered free of cost.

  • Nearby Hotel Accommodations : Looking for some rest before heading on your journey? The fact that MCT has a good lot of Hotel accommodations nearby means that you have a fine variety to choose from, like Al Nahda Resort & Spa, Al Sawadi Beach Resort, Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa and Intercontinental Hotels Group.

Muscat Intl Airport- Food and Shopping

Food: Gourmet Food LLC which is branded as Travel Food Services (TFS) is a partnership between TFS and Mustafa Sultan Enterprises. TFS are the main caterer and restaurant operator at Muscat International Airport. TFS is operating two food courts, a coffee shop, one restaurant & bar, and a food court is located in the public arrivals area and the other one is located in the departures area. The food court offers international and local cuisines to suit each and every category of travelers.

Shopping: MCT offers various brand outlets where you can shop, which means that you can kill your layover time without venturing outside. Muscat Duty free and WHSmith are some of the outlets that you can find at MCT, it will provide you with enough variety; in the latter outlet you can buy books, traditional Omani products as well as an array of choices when it comes to souvenirs and other gifts.

Muscat International Airport- Car Rental Desks

Why To Book A Car Rental? : Whether visiting Muscat for a vacation or a business trip, it is always advised that one should make his traveling time a hassle-free one by booking a car rental instead of roaming about in unreliable public transport or expensive cabs. Why waste your precious time when you can make the most of it in the luxury of a car rental?

Where To Book A Car Rental? : MCT Airport also keeps this in mind, which is why many of the leading car rental suppliers operate directly from the airport. Though you should pre-book if you want a cheap deal, however, in case you want to make a last minute booking, you can book directly from the car rental desk; this also allows you to pick your car within minutes. Expect to find the following car rental brands at the airport:

MCT- Money and Communications Services

ATMs and Currency Exchange: In case you need to locate banks or ATMs at MCT before boarding or after disembarking your flight at MCT, rest assured, for the airport itself offers a number of automated teller machines (ATMs) located onsite where cash withdrawal can be made and that too in a number of currencies. Also note that, if currency exchange is what you are looking for, MCT also has Foreign Exchange bureaus which operate around the clock and can be found throughout the terminals.

Phones and Internet:In addition to other facilities and services that are available at Muscat International Airport, phone and internet services are also made available. At MCT, they offer to make sure that the passenger finds it easier to remain in touch with their family, friends, and colleagues even if they don’t own a device; in the latter case payphones are made available. Hence, at MCT expect to find a free Wi-Fi service that can be enjoyed by all passengers as well as public payphones that can be located throughout the terminal buildings. Note: If you want to use free Wifi at Muscat International Airport, you will be required to give your mobile number so that the access code can be sent to you.