Hamad International Airport to open tomorrow

29 Apr 2014 by Clement Huang

Selected carriers will begin operating out of Hamad International Airport in Doha starting tomorrow.

The US$17 billion airport is expected to finally open its doors following a six-year delay, according to Bloomberg. The new facility was supposed to launch on April 1 last year but was delayed just hours before the opening was due.

Other news sources are quoting that Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority has recently issued a memo stating that the following carriers will begin operating out of Hamad International Airport tomorrow at 1100:

Biman Bangladesh Airlines

Fly Dubai

Air Arabia

Iran Air

Air India Express

Yemenia Airways

Pakistan International Airlines

Nepal Airlines

Syrian Air

Pegasus Airlines

And what about Qatar Airways? Officially there has been no statement regarding when the gulf carrier will move to the new airport, but Middle East news source Doha News has reported that Qatar Airways will start using the airport on May 27, once construction of the first and business class lounges is complete.

The incumbent Doha International Airport has struggled to accommodate increasing passenger traffic – a result of its position as a connection hub for travellers flying to Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe. According to figures from the Airports Council International, the airport welcomed a total of 23 million passengers in 2013, an increase of 9.9 per cent from the previous year.   

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Clement Huang

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