Doha 01st May 2014: Qatar’s new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport (HIA) started its passenger operation on Wednesday.
A Qatar Airways flight carrying HE the Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority chairman Abdul Aziz Mohamed al-Noaimi, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker and other dignitaries officially landed on the East Runway around 11.30am.
It has received a Water Salute by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Rescue Fire Fighting Services.
Ten carriers including Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, Iran Air, Air India Express, Yemenia Yemen Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Syrian Airlines and Pegasus Airlines started operations out of the new passenger terminal at HIA.
The full operation of the airport, with all the remaining carriers, including Qatar Airways, is scheduled from 27 May 2014.
The airport cover an area of 29 square kilometres, 60% on land reclaimed from the sea.
The 600,000 square meters Passenger Terminal has 3 concourses and 33 contact gates, which will subsequently be increased to five concourses and 65 contact gates.
Once fully operational, the airport will have the capacity to manage 50m passengers per year.
It will also feature 16 lounges, 26 art installations, more than 100 F&B and retail outlets, a transit hotel, a swimming pool, a luxury spa, squash courts, a four-storey catering facility that is one of the largest in the world and an on-site public mosque that can accommodate 500 worshippers at prayer time.