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Hamad International Airport sees 20% H1 passenger growth

Growth is attributed to eight new flight destinations added by Qatar Airways in the first half of 2016, including Adelaide, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston and LA

Hamad International Airport sees 20% H1 passenger growth
Hamad International Airport. (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) saw 17.6m increase in passenger traffic during the first half of 2016, marking a 20 percent growth in passengers for the same period last year.

The airport witnessed a 17 percent increase in aircraft take-offs and landings from January to June with a total of 118,069 movements in comparison to the same period in 2015.

The growth is attributed to eight new flight destinations added by Qatar Airways in the first half of 2016. These include Adelaide, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Los Angeles, Marrakech, Ras Al Khaimah and Yerevan. Philippine Airlines, Atlas Global Airlines and Himalaya Airlines also added new flights that contributed to the growth.

HIA’s cargo tonnage grew by 20.3 percent totalling 817,792 tonnes during the same time period.

Dubai, London, Bangkok, Bahrain and Colombo were airport’s top routes in terms of passenger numbers during the first six months. The cities made for 20.3 percent of the airport’s total traffic. The UAE came first in terms of total passenger numbers while India, Saudi Arabia, USA and United Kingdom followed.

In the same months, the Far East made for 33.6 per cent of passenger movements while the Middle East made for 22 percent and Europe 21.6 percent.

HIA is home to national carrier Qatar Airways which flies to over 150. The airport includes one of the world’s largest free span maintenance hangars and largest self-contained catering facilities. Its Qatar Duty Free features 40,000 square metres comprising over 70 retail outlets and more than 30 cafés and restaurants.

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