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Hamad International Airport soft launch on 30th April

The Hamad International Airport (HIA) will be soft launched and will be partially open to passengers from 30th April. At least 10 airlines are likely to operate from the new airport on the opening day.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a circular to the heads of airline companies in this regard. The budget carriers may be the first to operate out of the new facility.

Among the airlines that are likely to operate from the new airport are Fly Dubai, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Iran Air, Air Arabia, Air India Express, Pakistan International Airline, Yemenia Yemen Airlines, Nepal Airline, Syrian Airline and Pegasus Airline.

The Dubai-based Flydubai will move its nine daily flight operations from the main terminal at Doha International Airport to HIA from 30th April.

The iconic Hamad International Airport, worth an estimated $15.5bn, has the capacity to handle about 28million passengers annually in its initial stage. When fully operational, the airport will have the capacity to handle about 50mn passengers annually.

The new airport spans about 300,000 sq. ft. retail gallery and includes a 23,000 sq. ft. Mosque, two 100-room five-start transfer hotels, a health spa, a 3431 car-parking garage and 742,000 sq ft flight catering facility.

The phase 1 and 2 concourses include 41 contact gates and 20 remote-stand gates. The airport was initially slated for 2012 opening, but missed several opening deadlines thereafter, including 1st April 2013.

The Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker said that HIA would open to passengers towards second quarter of this year, and that the low-budget airlines can move into the new facility.

Posted on 15/4/2014

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