All airlines to operate from Hamad International Airport from May 27
Starting 9 am on May 27 this year, all airlines are set to operate from Hamad International Airport (HIA). The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a circular yesterday, informing country managers of airlines of this decision.
It was announced earlier that 10 budget airlines would start operating from the new terminal from April 30. These include Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia, Iran Air, Air India Express, Yemenia Yemen Airlines, Pakistan International Airline, Nepal Airline, Syrian Airline and Pegasus Airline.
The airport is expected to handle around 8700 passengers per hour and up to 19,500 bags an hour. It will have the largest free span hangar, which will enable it to handle multiple aircraft configurations and a dual runway system built for the world’s largest aircraft such as the A380. Apart from a greater capacity to accommodate more flights and passengers, it will also have a wide range of facilities for passengers including retail and F&B outlets capable of serving over 90,000 meals a day.
The airport opening has been stalled several times in the past. The big launch scheduled for April 1, 2013 was cancelled in the last minute, as authorities said safety standards were not met.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker blamed the contractors for this delay.