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HIA Expansion Allows Capacity to Soar to Over 60 Million a Year!

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has revealed plans for its second expansion phase to an international audience of real estate investors at Cityscape Qatar, taking place this week at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.

HIA’s expansion project will feature a spectacular 10,000 sqm indoor tropical garden in a central concourse, as well as a 268 sqm water feature which will be the focal point of the expansion project.

The second phase of HIA’s expansion consists of Phases A and B. Phase A of the current expansion will comprise of the central concourse linking concourses D and E. Construction is to commence by early 2020 and will increase the airport’s capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022. Phase B, which will be completed after 2022, will extend concourses D and E to further enhance the airport’s capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually.

The expansion plan also includes 11,720 sqm of landscaped retail and F&B space, which will enhance the multi-dimensional offerings of the five-star airport – integrating world-class art collection and refreshing environment of lush greenery with contemporary retail and dining concepts among other leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal.

HIA will also deliver 9,000 sqm of world-class Al Mourjan lounge located above the retail space with dramatic views looking towards the tropical garden. The lounge will include additional spas, gymnasiums, restaurants and business centres as well as other passenger facilities.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said that the expansion of Hamad International Airport is a vital part of the future success of the Qatar Airways Group, and of course of the country’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and beyond.

It is also a strong sign that Qatar’s economy is robust and acts as a further economic stimulus, providing excellent opportunities for local and international contractors. Plans for the two-phase expansion focuses on capacity and passenger experience – we want to provide even better airport journey to more people around the world. The expansion will allow us to do this.’

The terminal building will be the first airport in the MENA region to achieve a 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) rating, the first performance-based system in the MENA region developed for rating green buildings and infrastructures. The terminal will also be a LEED Silver certified building with innovative measures of energy efficiency across the entire building.

Unveiling the HIA expansion model.

The flora for the indoor tropical garden will be brought in from sustainable forests from around the world. Designers have developed a column-free, long-span 85m grid shell roof with performance glass to control and filter the light required for the trees to acclimatise to the internal conditions of the terminal and grow throughout the life of the airport.

Other significant features include a new transfer area which will help shorten passengers’ connection times and which will improve their overall transfer experience at HIA as well as the central concourse that will accommodate nine additional wide-body aircraft stands.

The HIA expansion will also see the construction of a new cargo terminal that will increase capacity handled to an estimated 3.2 million tonnes per year. The state-of-the-art terminal is slated to be ready by 2023 and will be a multi-level facility with 85,000 sqm building footprint, across three levels as well as three mezzanine levels providing approximately 323,000 sqm of gross floor area.

HIA has served over 187 million passengers at its state-of-the-art terminal since opening in 2014. HIA is currently a candidate for the ‘World Best Airport’ for SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2020.

Passengers who have experienced HIA’s award-winning services and facilities can visit Skytrax’s World Airport Survey website and vote for the airport. Voting results will be announced in March 2020 at the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

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