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Hamad International Airport: 120 million passengers

In less than four years since the beginning of its operations

1.9 million tonnes with +14.52% in total cargo handling in 2017

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has welcomed 120 million passengers since the beginning of its operations in May 27th 2014 till the end of 2017. Last year, cargo observed an increase by 14.52%, with total of 1.9 million tonnes in handling. HIA successfully recovered its passenger numbers with an average monthly increase of 3.75% in the second half of year, after the initial drop in volume in June 2017 due to the restrictions imposed on the country.

HIA has been recognized for its punctuality, ranking next to first, among the most punctual major airports scoring 85.41 per cent on-time performance (OTP), as demonstrated in aviation analysts OAG’s 2017 Punctuality Report recently released.

Its resilience is due to new strategic partnerships and to a combined effort from the airport, its national carrier, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, who have worked together to encourage and promote tourism and travel in Qatar. While Qatar Airways accelerated its global expansion with the launching of 10 new destinations in 2017, Qatar Tourism Authority’s efforts to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries makes Qatar the most ‘open country’ in the region and supports HIA’s growth to a great extent. Meanwhile, HIA has welcomed several new airlines which started operations in Qatar in 2017 including Oman’s SalamAir, Kuwait’s Al Wataniya Airlines and Jazeera Airways, Bangladesh’s Regent Airways and US Bangla, and IndiGo, India’s largest and fastest growing low-cost carrier.

2017 was a successful year for the airport on multiple fronts.

Sports and culture were one of the key highlights of 2017.

The year 2017 also marked the signature of two major strategic partnerships building on HIA’s Smart Airport Vision.

Last but not least, 2017 was a ‘green’ year for the airport: HIA was rewarded for its environmental protection strategy, by successfully reaching Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ status in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

Looking ahead, HIA is currently preparing the launch of a major new art piece by KAWS during the first quarter of 2018 and is working on new global partnerships to build on HIA’s best-in-class passenger experience.

Hamad International Airport was designed to cater for a projected ongoing increase in the volume of traffic and is proceeding as planned. 

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