Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways hub, is now the second busiest airport in the Gulf region after Dubai. The airport reached a new record in 2016 with over 37 million passengers, a growth of over 20% compared to 2015.
Doha H I A ( H a m a d International Ai rpor t ) recorded the fastest development of any airport in the Middle-East with a growth of 20.5% while Dubai International progressed by 7.2%. Dubai Airport remains the region’s largest airport and one of the five top airports in the world with 83.65 million passengers last year. Following Doha HIA are Jeddah with almost 31 million passengers and Abu Dhabi with 24.5 million passengers.
According to HIA COO Badr Mohammed Al Meer, “2016 has been an exceptional year for HIA, serving more passengers than ever, being recognised as one of the top 10 best airports in the world by Skytrax and receiving the Skytrax “5-star Airport” status.
The airport continued to invest in the expansion of its capacities but also in improving and upgrading facilities and services for passengers. Among the expanded facilities are the full opening of HIA Concourses D and E. They now provide eight more contact gates, bringing the total to 41. An additional 130,000 square metres for passengers further expands terminal capacity, enriching the retail offering and facilitating transfers. The airport has also inaugurated a new food court.
The airport is now working on the third phase of its development which will raise total capacity to 65 million passengers. The project will start this year to be completed as soon as possible, declared earlier this year Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, Qatar’s national carrier and the operating airline of the iconic airport. “The government has approved the expansion of the new airport (HIA). There is a new steering committee formulated under the chairmanship of H.E. Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subae (Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority), and I am his deputy, in order to start the process of expanding the airport (HIA) to take the ultimate capacity to over 65 million passengers per year”, said Al Baker. Tenders for the project are due to be called shortly.