The State of Qatar is ready to welcome a new chapter in the country’s remarkable aviation industry with preparations well underway for the 1 April (first phase) opening of the new Hamad International Airport to be operated by national carrier Qatar Airways.
Details of the soft launch opening were unveiled to an audience of more than 100 airport officials and airline executives in Doha yesterday at an event jointly organised by Qatar Airways, the Hamad International Airport’s Operational Readiness and Airport Transition (ORAT) team and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA).
QCAA Chairman H E Abdul Aziz Al Noiami, spelled out the plans for the airport’s readiness, in which Qatar Airways will play a pivotal role. The first phase of the US$15.5 billion project involves 12 international passenger airlines becoming the launch carriers of the new facility from 1 April. These include low-cost airlines.
With the phased approach, Doha will have a dual airport operation until full operations begin at Hamad International in the second half of 2013.