Hamad International Airport
|Hamad International Airport
مطار حمد الدولي
|IATA: none – ICAO: OTHH
|Operator||Qatar Civil Aviation Authority|
|Hub for||Qatar Airways|
|Elevation AMSL||11 m / 36 ft|
|16L/34R (E) ||4,850||15,912||Asphalt|
Hamad International Airport (ICAO: OTHH) (Arabic: مطار حمد الدولي) is the international airport facility currently in Doha, 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 opening is set for April 2014. It has been built 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the current airport. The new airport 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. National carrier Qatar Airways is due to move into the new airport once all the lounges and duty-free shops are completed. 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 will be named Hamad International Airport when it opens.
Planning took place in 2003 and construction began in 2006. After a series of delays, the first two phases and a part of the third phase are scheduled to open in 2014. 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.
Hamad International Airport was designed to deal with the growing volume of traffic at the existing airport. The new 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. 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 new airport will be two-thirds the size of Doha city.
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 new 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.
Hamad International Airport was set to begin operations in January 2014, with a soft opening. 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. Currently, the airport is scheduled to have a phased opening in mid 2014.
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 × 61 m (15,912 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 (13,944 ft × 197 ft).
Terminals and Concourses
The Terminal is set to completely open towards the end of 2014. Concourse B was planned to be the only operating part of the terminal on April 1, 2013.
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 can handle the Airbus A380.
Concourse B has 10 passenger gates connected to jet bridges and is located east of the check-in area. It was set to begin operations on April 1, 2013 with 10 airlines transferring operations over from Doha International Airport. Two of the gates can handle the Airbus A380. There will be 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 during the end of 2014.
Concourse C has 13 passenger gates connected to jet bridges, two of them catering to the Airbus A380. There will be a number of remote gates without a fixed jet bridge link connected to Concourse C.
Airlines and destinations
As was planned for 2013, the airport will be opened in phases, initially nine airlines will move to Hamad from Doha International Airport operating from Concourse B starting in June 2014. These airlines are Air Arabia, Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Flydubai, Iran Air, Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Syrian Air, and Yemenia, with Qatar Airways and others joining them at a later date.
Services began from 1 December 2013, with an inaugural flight by Qatar Airways Cargo arriving from Europe.
|Cargolux||Hong Kong, Luxembourg|
|Etihad Cargo||Abu Dhabi|
|Falcon Express Cargo Airlines||Dubai-International|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Frankfurt, Sharjah|
|Martinair Cargo1||Amsterdam, Dubai-Al Maktoum |
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beirut, Colombo, Budapest international Airport Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Dammam, Dhaka, Dubai-International, Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Hyderabad (begins 1 April 2014), Istanbul-Ataturk, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuwait, Lahore, Liege, London-Stansted (begins 2 May 2014), Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai, Muscat, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Oslo, Paris, Sana'a, Seoul-Incheon, Sialkot, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini Zagreb, Zaragoza|
1 operated with KLM Cargo aircraft
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