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Hamad International Airport to open to passengers next week

Following construction delays for more than a year now, the new Hamad International Airport in Qatar will open to passenger traffic next week, revealed the Civil Aviation Authority here.

To begin with, the budget airlines would operate from the airport, while other airlines will begin their services here in May.

The new airport forms part of Qatar’s preparations to host the Soccer World Cup 2022. The project, which was originally due for opening in 2012, was delayed due to construction issues and cost issues, and finally, Qatar’s preparations to host the 2022 Soccer World Cup.

As on 27th May, all airlines may move to Hamad International Airport. The current airport in Qatar, Doha International, handled 23.3 million passengers last year.

According to official, the Hamad International project costs an estimated $17.5 billion, which will have the capacity to handle 50mn passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Qatar Airways said that expanding to a fleet of 116 aircraft since launch, has been met with delay in moving to new facility and has been obstructing expansion plans.

Posted on 30/4/2014

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