✅ Trip Verified
| Muscat Airport is very new, spacious and well equipped. Once through security you can collect a free stroller for kids and a small trolley for your hand luggage. The food court has various options including MacDonalds and KFC. There is supposed to be free wifi though I was unable to get my UK phone to connect. I was told beforehand that I could buy an Omani SIM card but the information desk said that this was not possible. Probably the highlight was the free play area by the food court. Travelling with a 3 and 5 year old, they enjoyed that place so much that we almost missed our connecting flight, such was their reluctance to leave the place. The only sour note was the fact that Omani airports charge you OMR 4 per piece of baggage which is outsize. Presenting the car seats for check in was no issue and they made no mention of this charge – simply tagging the wrapped seats and telling me where the outsize baggage drop off was located. However going to the outsize baggage drop off resulted in being redirected to another counter where you had to pay OMR 4 (£8) per outsize item. If I had not wrapped the two car seats together this would have been doubled. Had I brought a stroller for each each child the fees would keep on adding up. This is the first time I have ever been asked to pay to take baby equipment on board and I was very surprised. There is no mention of this on the Oman Air website and I did not see it mentioned on the Muscat Airport website either. I travelled from London to Zanzibar with Oman Air, breaking the return journey in Muscat. This was the only place the fee was charged, not LHR, nor ZNZ or for transit through MCT. I queried this at the time but was told that this charge had been introduced in the last few months. I searched it on my return and found some newspaper articles referring to it (apparently applies in Dubai too). Parents travelling with infants, forewarned is forearmed.