Passengers through Qatar's 'five star airport' grew by 20% in 2016

By Shayan Shakeel 7 February 2017
Passengers through Qatar's 'five star airport' grew by 20% in 2016

Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha added over 6 million passengers to its figures from 2015, nearing a total of 100 million flown since it opened its doors in May 2014.

HIA's handled 37.3 million passengers and 245,800 landings and take-offs during the year, an increase of 20.5 per cent and 15.8 per cent respectively. Airfreight [cargo and mail] also grew by 20.8 per cent reaching a new high of 1.7 million tonnes for the year.

Despite opening its doors only 32 months ago, HIA continues to add capacity. 

Concourses D and E, commissioned in October 2015, became fully utilised in 2016, providing eight more contact gates, bringing the total to 41 gates and increasing the total number of flights departing from contact gates.

Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar al Baker, has confirmed further expansions, as the airport gets ready to be managed under a new entity under the Qatar Airways Group.

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