Ever since 2014, the airport was settled to be demolished to make way for an urban project – “Al Sahan City”.
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The process to rebuild the airport has already started and would be in proper working condition soon as it would be open for two months welcoming travellers from all over the world.
Highlighting the improved quality of Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA), Al Baker said,
“Our neighbours and competitors should be satisfied that we don’t intend to compete with them with size, we will always compete with them with quality. Because HIA will always be the quality airport and the airport that will be sought after by our customers.”
Considered as the hub of aviation for Qatar, the Doha International Airport had been facilitating holiday makers from the local area. Its departure and transfer terminal managed all economy class Qatar Airways flights and those from other airlines too. As years went by, the airport underwent multiple changes several times to include 44 gates, seating areas and become duty free.
Unable to handle the increasing traffic, the workings of the old Doha Airport were shifted to the Hamad International Airport on May 27, 2014.
Sources claim the airport is expected to handle nearly 40 million passengers by the end of 2019 and grow further in coming years.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Al Baker said,
“Ultimately, soon after Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2022, the airport will have annual capacity for 70 million passengers. We don’t intend to compete with our neighbours on size, we intend to compete on quality. When we reach 70 million capacity, we will stop there because that is the size of hub that our country needs.”
Meanwhile, sources claim that Qatar Airways is bidding to buy a strategic stake in the ailing Malaysian carrier, Malaysia Airlines.
Qatar Airways is one of the four shortlisted potential investors out of a pool of initial proposals from a field of 20. Two other airlines shortlisted are Japan Airlines Co Ltd and China Southern Airlines.
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