Qatar’s new world-class gateway, Hamad International Airport (HIA), has announced an additional five airlines will be operating from the new airport in the coming week.

Passengers travelling on Etihad Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SriLankan Airlines and Kuwait Airways will now depart from HIA instead of Doha International Airport (DIA) from Wednesday 14 May 2014, while Bangladeshi airline, United Airways, from Thursday 15 May 2014.

From Wednesday 14 May 2014, four airlines will begin to operate their services from Hamad International Airport with their first arriving and departing flights as follows:

  • Etihad Airways: Flight EY399 from Abu Dhabi International Airport, arriving to HIA at 0240, and flight EY390 to Abu Dhabi International Airport, departing from HIA at 0415
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines: Flight RJ646 from Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, arriving to HIA at 1130, and flight RJ647 to Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, departing from HIA at 1230
  • Kuwait Airways: Flight KU617 from Kuwait International Airport, arriving to HIA at 16:45, and flight KU618 to Kuwait International Airport, departing from HIA at 1745
  • SriLankan Airlines: Flight UL217 from Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka, arriving to HIA at 2115, and flight UL218 to Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka, departing from HIA at 2230

In addition, from Thursday 15 May 2014, May Bangladeshi airline United Airways will also start operating for the first time in Qatar with their inaugural flight 4H583 arriving to HIA at 2:45 from Dhaka International Airport, Bangladesh. The airline’s first departing flight 4H584 from HIA will be at 4.

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

Today’s announcement is part of Qatar’s exciting new chapter in aviation, as airline operations begin transferring from DIA to HIA. Passengers are advised to double check their departing airport before travelling to avoid any unnecessary delays. During this transitional period, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank passengers for their positive response since HIA’s soft opening and for their continued patience as we strive to provide the best possible experience. The new airport will exceed expectations and redefine passengers’ experience, whether they are departing, arriving or travelling onwards.’

This latest announcement is part of the phased opening of HIA following the soft opening on 30 April 2014 and the upcoming full opening on 27 May 2014.

Passengers looking for further information on flights and airline operations should check with their respective airline, visit DIA’s website.