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Qatar’s Hamad Int’l sees 20% passenger growth in Q1

Doha airport records busiest quarter since launch, with 9 million passengers passing through facility

Qatar’s Hamad Int’l sees 20% passenger growth in Q1

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has announced a 20 percent increase in passenger numbers to 8.8 million in the first quarter.

The airport also had a significant increase in aircraft movements in the first quarter of 2016 with a total of 58,288 aircraft take-offs and landings, up 9 percent from 2015.

The $15.5 billion airport, which was named the best in the Middle East by Skytrax earlier this year, opened in May 2014. It is already undergoing a further expansion of existing facilities.

“With the activation of concourses D and E at HIA as well as the technological advancements being implemented in the terminal, we are in a position to handle more passengers, aircraft and cargo movements than ever before,” Badr Mohammed Al Meer, the chief operating officer of Hamad International Airport, said in a press statement.

“We expect a steady growth in numbers for the remaining year as well.”

Cargo tonnage totalled 389,950 tonnes in the first quarter of 2016.

The airport saw a 17 percent increase in travellers in 2015 as a whole, compared to the previous year, to 40 million. During that period, it also handled 1.4 million tonnes of cargo and 212,252 aircraft movements.

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