Four more airlines set for Doha's Hamad airport

Four more airlines will move their operations to Doha's newly opened Hamad International Airport (HIA) from this week, it was reported.

Lufthansa, Air France- KLM, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Oman Air will on May 22 join 15 other carriers that have already transferred operations from the old airport to the new facility.

HIA spokesman Abdulaziz al Mass said operations were gaining momentum with four additional airlines moving from Doha International Airport (DIA) this week.

“HIA will now service 19 airlines offering passengers a seamless travel experience through the world-class gateway we have created for our departing, arriving or transferring guests,” he told Gulf Times daily.

“This is an extremely exciting period for us and our key goal during the transition from DIA to HIA is to ensure all our travellers are informed and their travel plans are undisrupted.”

Last week Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines and Royal Jordanian started flying from HIA.

The $15.5bn facility opened to first passengers on April 30, with 10 airlines starting operations under a “soft launch”.

All other carriers, including national airline Qatar Airways, were due to begin operations on May 27.

The airport missed several deadlines for opening, including the end of 2012, April 1 2013 and the end of last year as a result firstly of a redesign and later regulatory issues.

The project, which was started in 2005, comprises 100 buildings, including a 600,000sq m passenger terminal with three concourses and 33 contact gates. This will eventually be increased to five concourses and 65 contact gates, including eight for the A380, when the final build-out is completed in two-and-a-half years.

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