Doha International Airport

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This article is about the former Doha International Airport, closed in May 2014. For its successor, Doha's new civil commercial airport, see Hamad International Airport.
This article is about the civilian use of the former Doha International Airport. For its military use, see Doha International Air Base.
Doha International Airport
مطار الدوحة الدولي
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IATA: DOHICAO: OTBD

DOH is located in Qatar
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Location of airport in Qatar
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Qatar Civil Aviation Authority
Location Doha, Qatar
Elevation AMSL 35 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 25°15′40″N 051°33′54″E / 25.26111°N 51.56500°E / 25.26111; 51.56500
Website www.dohaairport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 4,570 14,993 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 21,163,382
Cargo (tons) 844,532
Aircraft movements 155,672
Economic & social impact (2012) $17.9 billion & 104.1 thousand[1]
Sources: Civil Aviation Affairs[2]
Statistics from Doha Airport[3], Worldaerodata.com [4]

Doha International Airport (IATA: DOHICAO: OTBD) (Arabic: مطار الدوحة الدولي‎) was an airport in Doha, Qatar. It was Qatar's commercial airport until Hamad International Airport opened on 30 April 2014. It featured 60 check-in counters, 42 parking bays for aircraft and 8 baggage claim belts.

The airport suffered from overutilization, even though the airport had been expanded numerous times. Before the opening of the new airport, the capacity stood at 12 million passengers per year.[5] Its 14,993 ft (4,570 m) runway was one of the longest at a civil airport. It was the main base of Qatar Airways. In the past, the airport was mostly used by Qatari holiday makers and foreign workers coming for the oil and gas sector. The airport attracted more people such as holiday makers and transit travelers. It also grew as Qatar Airways expanded more rapidly. In 2010, it was the world's 27th busiest airport by cargo traffic. The control tower and ancillary buildings were designed by Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA of Fentress Architects.

All airlines serving Doha airport moved to the new Hamad International Airport on 27 May 2014.[6] The new airport is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the former facility. It covers 2,200 hectares (5,400 acres) of land and was able to handle 29 million passengers per year on opening day.[7] The old airport will be demolished and redeveloped as a new urban project called Al Sahan City.[8]

Terminals[edit]

Ramp overview
The Duty-Free area
The gate area

Departure and Transfer Terminal[edit]

This was the main terminal at Doha and handled all economy class Qatar Airways flights, as well as all other airlines using the airport. This terminal was expanded several times in order to cope with the increasing number of passengers using the airport each year. The terminal had 44 satellite gates, as well as seating areas and a large duty-free area. There were 3 lounges in this terminal, including the Oryx Lounge, which was used by all foreign airlines' premium passengers, The Qatar Airways Gold Lounge, which was used by Qatar Airways Gold Privilege Club members, and the Qatar Airways Silver Lounge, used by Qatar Airways silver privilege club card holders. This terminal had been expanded as the old Arrivals Terminal was integrated into the departures terminal, while a new arrival terminal was opened. All departing and transferring passengers used this facility, as passengers arriving into Doha used the new Arrivals Terminal. The Departure and Transfer Terminal opened an additional 12 boarding positions located between the terminal and the Premium Terminal gates, as well as a revamped Oryx lounge to cater for the increase in passenger numbers.[when?]

Terminal A[edit]

Terminal A of the Departure and Transfer Terminal was the check-in area used by the airport's biggest user, Qatar Airways, as well as Cathay Pacific, which operated a codeshare with Qatar Airways to Hong Kong under a strategic partnership agreement.[9]

Terminal B[edit]

2,000-square-metre (22,000 sq ft) In June 2011 Terminal B, built on the location of the former arrivals terminal at Doha International Airport, was dedicated to more than 30 foreign airlines operating services from Doha. The terminal included an enlarged check-in area with 35 counters and a new baggage handling system, as well as food outlets. All foreign airlines was moved to Terminal B.

Arrivals Terminal[edit]

On 19 December 2010, a new Arrival Terminal was opened in the western apron, in the site of the former Asian Games temporary terminal. The terminal had a capacity of handling 2770 passengers per hour. The 32,000-square-metre (340,000 sq ft) Arrivals Terminal replaced the arrivals hall of what became the Departure and Transfer Terminal. The Arrivals Terminal had 22 immigration counters, eight e-gates, eight baggage carousels, 36 concierge desks for hotel transfers, car rental and other services, as well as 746 parking spaces. The former arrivals hall was merged with the departing hall, adding extra valuable space and capacity to the airport. These changes were part of the multi-million dollar expansion of Doha Airport to cope with the increasing traffic of Qatar Airways and other airlines before the new Doha International Airport opened in 2014.[10]

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal[edit]

The Qatar Airways Premium Terminal was opened in 2006 and handled all Qatar Airways first and business class passengers. There were 6 gates in this terminal.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Qatar Airways ground handling
Emirates Airbus A330 taxiing at Doha

The airport shut down for commercial traffic on 27 May 2014 when all airlines relocated to its successor.[6] The last flight departing from Doha International Airport was by Lufthansa departing for Frankfurt at 00:30 on 28 May.

Statistics[edit]

Since 1998, the number of passengers and total cargo load increased significantly.

Statistics for Doha International Airport
Year Total passengers Total Cargo (tons) Total Cargo (1000s lbs) Aircraft movements
1998 2,100,000 86,854    
1999 2,300,000 62,591    
2002 4,406,304 90,879 200,351 77,402
2003[11] 5,245,364 118,406 261,037 42,130
2004[11] 7,079,540 160,088 352,930 51,830
2005[11] 9,377,003 207,988 458,530 59,671
2006[11] 11,954,030 262,061 577,739 103,724
2007[12] 9,459,812 252,935 557,626 65,373
2008[12] 12,272,505 414,872 914,636 90,713
2009[3] 13,113,224 528,906 1,166,038 101,941
2010[3] 15,724,027 707,831 1,560,498 118,751
2011 18,108,521 795,558 1,753,905 136,768
2012 21,163,597
2013 23,266,187

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Doha International Airport at Wikimedia Commons