Muscat International Airport opened its new terminal for the first flights on
March 20th (page updated to show that the airport is now open)
— OmanAirports (@OAMCmedia) March 15, 2018
This will be the only terminal for the airport and all passengers will arrive and depart from there; at least until the old terminal is developed. The airport’s capacity will rise from a claimed 12million at the existing terminal to 20million at the new one.
The transfer took place – Mid-Afternoon on March 20th –
with the last departure from the old terminal WY 153 14:45 Zurich
and the first flight departing from the new terminal WY 925 18:50 Salalah
and last arrival into the old terminal EK606 from Dubai at 13:45
first arrival to the new terminal WY462 arriving 17:30 from Najaf.
As always confirm flight details with your airline.
Road access to the terminal is greatly improved compared to the earlier routes. Exit 8 on the Muscat Expressway gives junction free access directly to car parking. From Sultan Qaboos Street near Al Athaiba access again is junction-free . At the junction east of Al Mouj on 18th November St access is thereafter junction-free. Look for the overhead signs – for the Terminal and Parking.
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the new terminal (accessed by an excellent road setup) will handle both departures and arrivals.
The departure road drop-off access is by a right junction at the upper level. Take care in this area as missing the route will mean having to circle outside the car park area and return. The car park with 8,000 places can be accessed from the arrival and departure route. Choose Long Term or Short Term parking (long stay left – short stay right).
Alternatively, use Mwasalat bus services between Ruwi and the airport.
At departures (the upper entrance) there are 3 entrances – and providing various levels of convenience of access for passengers to the ticket counters.
- Entrance A/ First and Business Class for all flights.
- Entrance B/ For Economy Class Oman Air flights
- Entrance C/ Economy Class for all other flights
After security check, there are separate counters with selfservice check-in near the other counters.
- Oman Air’s First and Business Class will use counters A1-12.
- Other airlines First and Business Class will use counters B1-12.
- Oman Air Economy C1-12 & D1-12 (24 counters) and
- Other airlines E1-12 .
All First and Business class can use a separate security route after passport control.
One area to be very aware of is that announcements have been made regarding a 3 hour check in period (no indication if this includes OnLine Check-Ins) and that audio announcements will be minimal – and flight screens will have to be used (Arabic and English).
There are 35 gates with 19 having Air-Bridges and 16 using a bus, which may add some time to board a plane.
Naturally, before flying into Oman, you should read my post on Oman’s new visa application process.
The arrival road access is at the ground level, with car parking provided as above.