Doha International Airport (DIA) announced a record 2,191,148 passengers travelled through its doors in January 2014, representing a significant 17.86% growth rate compared to January 2013.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of DIA’s recent news that it successfully increased its year on year passenger traffic by 10% in 2013. It reaffirms its position as an ever-growing international hub registering a year-on-year growth every month since its inception.

Senior Public Relations and Communications Manager at DIA, Abdulaziz Al Mass, said:

DIA is seeing continuous growth as Qatar becomes an important regional and international aviation hub. We realize the importance of these growing numbers and have taken the necessary measures to ensure passengers and clients are provided with a unique and convenient travel experience.’

Cargo traffic also saw a substantial 12.1% increase in January. This highlights DIA’s enhanced cargo facility and unique transport offering, with the introduction of QR Pharma and QR Fresh – two solutions designed to optimise the transportation of time- and temperature-sensitive goods, including high-value pharmaceutical products and perishables.

Overall mail traffic increased by 0.21% compared to January 2013, with a notable increase in inbound mail. January also brought a notable 7.39% growth in aircraft movements at DIA compared to January the previous year.

DIA, which in 2013 handled more than 23.2 million passengers, has undergone a dramatic change over the past three years, virtually doubling in size to cope with the huge demand for air travel to and from Qatar, spearheaded by the huge infrastructure improvements taking place in the country. Qatar’s new state airport will soon be Hamad International Airport (HIA). Positioned at the edge of the Arabian Gulf, HIA features two runways, among the longest in the world, a state-of-the-art air traffic control tower, a stunning passenger terminal with an initial design capacity of 30 million passengers per year, over 40,000 square metres of combined retail and food and beverage facilities and a uniquely shaped public mosque.

DIA management has taken a range of measures to ensure passenger comfort and convenience, and has invested significantly in infrastructure improvements, including additional check-in gates, more aircraft parking bays and expanded terminal facilities to provide passengers with a comfortable, safe and enjoyable travel experience.

For more information about DIA or HIA, visit DIA’s website.