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Qatar's Hamad Int'l sees 7.3m passengers in Q1

Airport serves 17% more travellers than Doha International in the year-earlier period; cargo also up by 9%

Qatar's Hamad Int'l sees 7.3m passengers in Q1
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Qatar's Hamad International Airport served a record 7.3 million passengers during the first quarter of 2015, a 17 percent increase on the number of passengers who travelled through the previous hub, Doha International Airport, during the year-earlier period.

Hamad International saw 7,360,308 passengers pass through its gates during the first three months of this year, with 2,589,403 passengers departing, arriving and transiting in January; 2,285,221 in February; and 2,485,684 passenger movements in March.

The same period in 2014 saw 6,294,910 passengers travelling through the Doha International Airport, a statement said.

The statement added that cargo tonnage totalled 249,769 tonnes in the first quarter of 2015, representing a 9 percent increase, compared to 228,831 tonnes of cargo transported in the same timeframe in 2014.

HIA has also seen an increase in aircraft movements with 49,208 movements during the first quarter of 2015, a 14 percent increase on the same time last year.

Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer at Hamad International Airport, said: "Statistics demonstrate that HIA has received more than 7 million passengers during the first quarter of 2015, which highlights Qatar's rapid development and reinforces Qatar's position as a global hub for air transport.

"HIA is fully prepared for the rise in aircraft movements and passenger traffic expected during the summer, owing to its sophisticated facilities and integrated services that can guarantee passengers a unique travel experience."

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