Hamad International Airport

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Hamad International Airport
مطار حمد الدولي
Hamad-International-Airport-Logo.svg
Inside Hamad Airport-1, 07-2014.JPG
IATA: DOHICAO: OTHH[1]
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Qatar Civil Aviation Authority
Location Doha, Qatar
Hub for Qatar Airways
Elevation AMSL 4 m / 13 ft
Coordinates 25°16′23″N 51°36′29″E / 25.27306°N 51.60806°E / 25.27306; 51.60806Coordinates: 25°16′23″N 51°36′29″E / 25.27306°N 51.60806°E / 25.27306; 51.60806
Website dohahamadairport.com
Map
DOH/OTHH is located in Qatar
DOH/OTHH
DOH/OTHH
Location in Qatar
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16R/34L 4,250 13,944 Asphalt
16L/34R 4,850 15,912 Asphalt
Source: Bahraim AIM[2]

Hamad International Airport (IATA: DOHICAO: OTHH) (Arabic: مطار حمد الدولي‎) is an international airport in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Formerly known as New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Hamad International Airport was originally slated to replace the old Doha International Airport as Qatar's only international airport in 2009, but after a series of costly delays, the airport finally opened on April 30, 2014 with a ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landing from Doha International Airport. National carrier Qatar Airways, and all other carriers have moved into the airport on May 27, 2014.[3]

History[edit]

Planning took place in 2003 and construction began in 2005. The airport (terminal and runway) has been built 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the older Doha international airport. It is spread over an area of 9,000 acres (3,600 ha), and was set to initially serve airlines that will not utilize lounge access.

Hamad International Airport was designed to deal with the growing volume of traffic at the existing airport. The airport will be able to handle 29 million annual passengers at its opening, three times the capacity of the current airport. Upon completion, it will be able to handle 50 million passengers per year, although some estimates suggest the airport could handle up to 93 million per year, making it the second largest airport in the region after Dubai.[4] It is also expected to handle 320,000 aircraft movements and 2 million tonnes of cargo annually. The check-in and retail areas are expected to be 12 times larger than those at the current airport. The airport will be two-thirds the size of Doha city.[5]

The airport has an oasis theme. Many of the buildings will have a water motif, with wave-styled roofs and desert plants growing in recycled water.[6]

The Steering Committee awarded the contract for the development of the airport to Bechtel. The contract includes the design, construction management and project management of the facilities. The terminal and concourses were designed by the architecture firm HOK. Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for Phase I and II were undertaken by Turkish TAV Construction and Japanese Taisei Corporation.

Opening postponement[edit]

Cargo operations began from 1 December 2013, with an inaugural flight by Qatar Airways Cargo arriving from Europe.[7] Hamad International Airport was set to begin passenger operations in January 2014, with a soft opening.[8] The original soft launch on 2 April 2013 was cancelled just a few hours prior, and was postponed indefinitely due to unsatisfactory safety related issues that needed further reviewing taking nine months to address.[9] After a series of delays, the first two phases and a part of the third phase are scheduled to open in 2014.[10] The third and final phase is scheduled for 2015. The airport is built over 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi), half of which is on reclaimed land.[11]

Abdul Aziz Al Noaimi, chairman of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority as well as a spokesperson from Qatar Airways, the operator of the airport and main customer, have indicated that the airport is named Hamad International Airport when it opens on April 30, 2014.[12]

Opening[edit]

Hamad International Airport welcomed its first flight, a Qatar Airways Airbus A320 carrying 130 high profile guests on board, at 11:30 AM Doha Time. Journalists and senior media officials were at the jetway to greet the passengers and start a small ceremony initiating the soft opening operations of the airport.

Facilities[edit]

Terminal 1[edit]

The ATC tower
Inside Concourse C
  • Concourse A has 10 passenger gates connected to jet bridges and is located west of the check-in area and Main Terminal. Two of the gates are designed to accommodate the Airbus A380.
  • Concourse B has 10 passenger gates connected to jet bridges and is located east of the check-in area. It has opened on April 30, 2014 with 10 airlines transferring operations over from Doha International Airport. Two of the gates are built to accommodate the Airbus A380. There is a small coffee shop located at the end of Concourse B, as well as smoking rooms, family areas, and an express duty-free store. The airport's main duty-free areas are scheduled to be opened before the grand opening on May 27.[13]
  • Concourse C has 13 passenger gates connected to jet bridges, two of them built specifically for the Airbus A380. There are a number of remote gates without a fixed jet bridge link connected to Concourse C. This Concourse has opened on May 27, 2014.

Terminal 2[edit]

  • Qatar Plans of Building a second terminal in Hamad International Airport only if the present passenger growth outnumbers the projected figures. This looks sure, as some of articles say that terminal two is a confirmed project with account to 2022 FIFA World Cup[14]

First and Business Class Lounges[edit]

  • The lounges were opened by Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker. The lounges opened on June 20 2014.

Runways[edit]

The airport has two parallel runways, located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from each other, which are designed for simultaneous take-offs and landings. The first is 4,850 m × 60 m (15,910 ft × 200 ft) and is considered to be the longest runway in Western Asia, and also one of the longest runways in the world. The second runway is 4,250 m × 60 m (13,940 ft × 200 ft).[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Qatar Airways aircraft

Hamad International Airport began passenger operations on 30 April 2014 with ten airlines flying there initially.[15] Qatar Airways and remaining airlines have started operations to Hamad Airport on 27th May from 09:00AM (Qatar Local Time)

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Air Arabia Sharjah B
Air India Express Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai A
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet B
British Airways Bahrain, London-Heathrow B
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong B
EgyptAir Cairo B
Emirates Dubai-International B
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi B
flydubai Dubai-International B
Gulf Air Bahrain B
Iran Air Shiraz B
Iran Aseman Airlines Bandar Abbas, Lamerd, Tehran-Imam Khomeini B
Jet Airways Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai B
KLM Amsterdam, Muscat B
Kuwait Airways Kuwait B
Lufthansa Frankfurt B
Middle East Airlines Beirut B
Nepal Airlines Kathmandu B
Oman Air Muscat B
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen B
Qatar Airways Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Algiers, Amman-Queen Alia, Amritsar, Ankara, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basra, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Buraydah, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Chongqing, Clark, Colombo, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dhaka, Djibouti (begins 27 July 2014),[16] Dubai-International, Dubai-Maktoum, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Geneva, Goa, Guangzhou, Hangzhou,[17] Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Hofuf, Houston-Intercontinental, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen,[18] Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Luxor, Madinah, Madrid, Malé, Manchester, Manila, Maputo, Mashhad, Melbourne, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Mombasa, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Peshawar, Philadelphia, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Salalah, Sana'a, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharjah,[19] Shiraz, Singapore, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sulaymaniah, Ta'if,[20] Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvanathapuram, Tokyo-Haneda[21] Tokyo-Narita, Tunis, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Washington-Dulles, Yangon, Zagreb, Zürich A, B, C
Royal Jordanian Airlines Amman-Queen Alia B
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh B
SriLankan Airlines Colombo B
Syrian Air Damascus B
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk B
United Airlines Dubai-International (ends 30 August 2014),[22] Washington-Dulles (ends 30 August 2014)[22] B
United Airways Dhaka B
Yemenia Kuwait, Sana'a B

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cargolux[23] Hong Kong, Luxembourg
Etihad Cargo[24] Abu Dhabi, Sharjah
Falcon Express Cargo Airlines[25] Dubai-International
Lufthansa Cargo[26] Frankfurt, Sharjah
Martinair Cargo Amsterdam, Dubai-Al Maktoum[27]
Qatar Airways Cargo Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beirut, Colombo, Budapest, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Dammam, Dhaka, Dubai-International, Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Hyderabad,[28] Istanbul-Ataturk, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuwait, Lahore, Liege, London-Stansted,[28] Luxembourg, Madrid, Mexico City,[29] Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Oslo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Sana'a, Seoul-Incheon, Sialkot, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini[30] Zagreb, Zaragoza[28]
Saudia Cargo[31] Amsterdam, Frankfurt

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