In preparation for the soft opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s brand new airport on Monday 1 April 2013, a series of advanced passenger trials have been taking place at the new facility.
More than 1,000 men, women and children have gone through the trials to test the operations of passenger facilities from check-in and immigration to aircraft boarding and arrivals.
Over the next few weeks, a further 2,500 people will go through trials to ensure a smooth and successful transition of operations of flights from the current Doha International Airport (DIA) to HIA.
The advanced trials are a key milestone for HIA as it prepares for the opening in less than a month. Ten airlines will begin operating from HIA on 1 April 2013, while Qatar Airways, the main user of the facility, will switch its entire operations from DIA to HIA by the end of the year.
Flights from the 10 airlines will operate out of concourse B, and utilise the eastern runway, which is the largest of the two runways at HIA at just under 5,000 metres.
Want to see inside of HIA? Marhaba got a look into the new and magnificent HIA last month. Have a look at our post Hamad International Airport Opening in April to see what we saw!