The Qatar Airways is excited and well prepared for the first phase opening of new Hamad International Airport from April 1.
The new hub, formerly known as the New Doha International Airport, will be operated by Qatar Airways. After the opening of first phase of the US$15.5 billion project, 12 international airlines will start their operations at the new facility. Some low-cost carriers are also included in these first movers. Cargo operations and catering facilities will be ready for launch within a few weeks.
According to Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA), Qatar Airways will completely operate from Hamad International Airport in the second half of the year. The airline will be working closely with the first movers to ensure a smooth transition of flights from the current Doha International Airport.
QCAA chairman Abdul Aziz Al Noiami believes that, “Hamad International Airport will truly be a global showpiece that the State of Qatar will justifiably be proud of. A new workplace and stunning architectural masterpiece will enhance the skyline of Doha providing new surroundings for airport employees and the travelling public from around the world.”
From March, freight forwarders and agents in Qatar will be able to process import and export consignments at the new hub. However, cargo uplift and arrivals will continue to be received at Doha International Airport from where these shipments will be transported by road to the new facility. Qatar Airways will operate cargo flights from the new Hamad International airport from summer.
Hamad International Airport is expected to benefit 28 million passengers annually by offering them a world-class air travel experience and convenience. The number of passengers using the facility is expected to increase to 50 million after 2015. The new hub will dedicate more than 40,000 square meters to retail facilities, passenger lounges, and multi-storey short-term and long-term parking.