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Qatar's new aviation hub boosts passenger numbers in July

Latest figures show Hamad International Airport saw 11% rise in passenger traffic compared to old Doha Int'l

Qatar's new aviation hub boosts passenger numbers in July

Hamad International Airport (HAI), Qatar’s new aviation hub, has announced an increase in its monthly passenger statistics compared to those at the old Doha International Airport.

HIA saw an 11.36 percent passenger increase through its doors in July compared to July when the old airport was in operation, a statement said.

A total of 2,160,843 travellers departed, transferred and arrived into Qatar during July, while cargo numbers have also increased at HIA with an additional 12.76 percent traffic in the same month.

All cargo operations are now operating out of the new airport where the facility is fully automated, the statement added.

Badr Al Meer, chief operating officer at HIA, said: “We are happy to see that so many more passengers are choosing to fly to Qatar and through our new, world-class facility.

"Over the coming months and years we will continue to grow and ensure every passenger has the best possible experience at our airport, whether they be departing, arriving or in transit.”

The HIA Passenger Terminal Complex houses a total of 138 check-in counters across five islands, including 108 counters for Qatar Airways Economy passengers and all other airlines, 16 counters dedicated to Qatar Airways Business Class travellers and 14 luxury, bespoke, seated check-in counters for Qatar Airways First Class passengers.

Hamad International Airport also offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the airport as a premier shopping and dining destination

The new airport is located on the East coast of the peninsula, 16km from the centre of Doha.

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