Passenger traffic at Qatar's Hamad International Airport expected to double in 2022: CAA
17 June 2022, 12:00 AM
30 June 2022, 12:00 AM
More than seven million passengers are expected to use the Hamad International Airport and the Doha International Airport between November and December when the country hosts the FIFA World Cup 2022, the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority has said in a special report.
The state-sponsored forecast revealed that passenger traffic at these airports for the whole year is expected to range between 34 million and 36 million. These estimates, both conservative and liberal, are almost double the volume reported in 2021, the report said.
The CAA attributes the possible growth in passenger numbers to easing of restrictions imposed on air travel and the removal of health-related travel restrictions in about 25% of the countries (most of them are in Europe). The FIFA World Cup is also cited as a growth factor.
Furthermore, the report has been updated with the latest IATA Air Transport data (Airport-IS) related to schedule statistics until the end of 2022. In addition, an assumption on the expected volume of charter and shuttle flights has been considered during the FIFA 2022 World Cup between Hamad / Doha International Airports and other GCC airports according to the agreement recently concluded between Qatar Airways Group and Fly Dubai, Saudi Airlines, Oman Air and Kuwait Airways.