Doha's Hamad International Airport to open on April 1

Doha's Hamad International Airport to open on April 1
Hamad International Airport
Published: 23 January 2013 - 6:58 a.m.
By: Ruchi Shroff

Qatar's new Hamad International Airport will open its first phase for operations on April 1. The new airport in Doha will be operated by Qatar Airways and is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2013.

When fully operational, the airport will accomodate 28 million passengers annually, increasing to 50 million beyond 2015.

As part of the first phase of the $15.5 billion project, 12 international airlines, including low cost carriers, will launch services from the airport. In the second half of 2013, Qatar Airways will move its entire operation to the new airport.

From March, freight forwarders and agents in Qatar will process import and export consignments at Hamad International Airport. Cargo uplift and arrivals will remain at Doha International Airport from where shipments will be transported by road to the new facility. Cargo flights are expected to begin to and from Hamad International from the summer. 

The new catering facility will open in phases at Hamad International, initially handling meals for airlines operating from the new airport. Starting in the summer the catering facility, capable of handling almost 100,000 meals a day, will supply meals for all flights operating from both airports. 

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