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Qatar’s Hamad International named as one of world’s top 10 airports

Facility is the first Middle Eastern airport to reach top 10, Singapore Changi ranked in first place

Qatar’s Hamad International named as one of world’s top 10 airports

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport has been named as one of the world’s best airports, according to consultancy Skytrax.

It is the first time a Middle Eastern airport has made it into the top 10 of the Skytrax rankings, which are compiled from a wide-ranging customer satisfaction survey.

Hamad International, which cost $17 billion to build, opened for passenger traffic in April 2014. The airport welcomed 30 million passengers during 2015, boosted by the growth of Qatar Airways.

It is already working on an expansion plan, signing off a $76 million deal with a contractor in November last year to build new taxiways.

Singapore’s Changi airport was ranked the world’s top airport for the fourth year in a row, followed by Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, and Munich in third.

Asian airports took seven of the top 10 slots, while Zurich and London Heathrow also made the grade.

In 2015, Qatar Airways was named as the world’s best airline, according to Skytrax.

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