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New Doha International Airport on track for April 2013 opening

The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) has announced that New Doha International Airport (NDIA) is on track for opening in April 2013.

About 95.5% of the work has been completed so far, and the airline firms will begin shifting their offices to the new airport from April. The remaining will be completed by April, said Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, the QCAA Chairman.

The New Doha International Airport, spanning an area of 8,640 acres, will replace the old Doha International Airport, as Qatar’s only international airport, and is built 5 kilometers east of current airport.

The NDIA sets new standards in operational efficiency, passenger convenience and service. The design creates a world-class airport experience that forms a spectacular, lasting impression for visitors.

The airport is expected to have a capacity of 24 million passengers per year, which will be gradually extended to 50 million in the second phase of the airport’s development.

The project also includes public Mosque, two 100-room luxury hotels, a 3100 car-parking garage, a health spa, squash courts, shopping mall, 25m swimming pool, two central utility plants, and one of the largest flight catering facilities in the world.

The new airport is also the first in the world, designed to accommodate Airbus’ new A380 super jumbo jets. It also features two of the world’s longest commercial runways.

Posted on 19/12/2012

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