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20 new e-gates to open at Hamad International Airport this year

Hamad International Airport has announced plans to open 20 new e-gates this year to facilitate the entry and exit of passengers from and to Doha.

At present, there are 40 e-gates and 20 more e-gates will be added this year, following a deal with the Ministry of Interiorís Passport Department, said Badr Al-Meer, Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport.

Currently, there are 40 e-gates in HIA, 19 in the arrivals lounge, and 21 in the departures lounge, which facilitate the smooth entry and exit of passengers at HIA. The E-gates work with the identification of travellersí vital data including fingerprints, iris scan and personal travel documents.

The number of e-gate users at HIA doubled last year, in comparison to the year before. About 2.46million passengers used e-gates at HIA last year, including 1.28 million arrivals to the country and 1.18 million departures from the country, while in 2016, a total of 1.41 million passengers used the facility.

To use the facility, you need to have a valid Qatar ID. Once you register your fingerprints at the airport, the whole process takes just a few seconds, and this reduces the waiting time at immigration drastically. Children are not allowed through the e-gate.

The lamp bear is one of the iconic landmarks that draw attention of passengers, but another huge wooden statue, bigger than the current lamp bear is likely to be installed next year, Al-Meer said.



Posted on 31/1/2018

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