UAE airlines set for new Qatar airport launch

Air Arabia, flydubai and RAK Airways named among 10 carrier to launch Hamad ops on April 1
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 17 Mar 2013 05:34 PM

Ten airlines including UAE-based budget carriers flydubai and Air Arabia will begin operations at Qatar's new Hamad International Airport (HIA) from April 1, it was announced on Sunday.

The Gulf state's new airport will also welcome operations from Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Iran Air, Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airline, RAK Airways, Syrian Air and Yemen Airways from day one.

Qatar Airways’ flights will not be affected. The national airline will move its operations from the current Doha International Airport (DIA) to Hamad International Airport (HIA) by the end of the year, a statement said.

The 10 airlines listed will no longer have a presence at Doha International Airport and will operate exclusively from HIA, it added.

There will be around 32 passenger flights departing daily from HIA equating to approximately 222 flights per week. 

Concourse B at HIA will be fully operational on April 1 for passengers travelling with these 10 airlines.

The eastern runway, which is the longest of the two runways at HIA, and the uniquely designed, crescent-shaped air traffic control tower, will also be in operation.

More than 1,000 people have taken part in passenger trials at Hamad International Airport to test the operations of passenger facilities from check-in and immigration to aircraft boarding and arrivals.

Over the next few weeks, a further 2,500 people will go through trials to ensure a "smooth and successful transition" of operations of flights from the current Doha International Airport to Hamad International Airport.

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