By Yasmin Al Heialy
Doha airport records busiest quarter since launch, with 9 million passengers passing through facility
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.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.