Hamad International Airport (HIA) will reveal its exciting plans for the second phase of the airport expansion at Cityscape Qatar, taking place from 22 to 24 October at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.

At HIA’s exhibition booth at Cityscape Qatar, attendees will experience the awe-inspiring look and feel of the expanded airport building which will set a new standard in traveller experience globally. The incredible new plans will propel the airport to be a destination in its own right once complete.

3D mock-up designs of the much-anticipated expansion will be on display and the unique features of the plans will be available to visitors over the course of the exhibition. Once complete, the airport’s capacity will increase to accommodate over 53 million passengers annually by 2022, an increase of almost 30% from its current passenger footfall.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said the expansion of HIA is a vital part of the continued success of the Qatar Airways Group, especially in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup as they prepare to welcome millions of football fans to Qatar.

Expansion is also a sign that Qatar’s economy is going from strength to strength, as well as a factor that will support future growth. I am confident that HIA will continue to attract investment into the country as we launch its second development phase.’

Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said that Cityscape Qatar is the perfect platform to reveal their exciting plans.

The airport will also see the construction of an Airport City, which will provide significant future investment opportunities, including a free trade zone, an office and business complex, landscape area and hotels among others. HIA will also see the construction of a new cargo terminal which will increase the capacity handled to three million tonnes per year and will help accommodate the expected surge in freight traffic. Expansion construction is set to commence in the first quarter of 2020, all contracts are to be awarded by the end of this year.

Cityscape Qatar showcases the most elite real estate developments in Qatar to an international audience of investors and industry professionals. Aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030, the exhibition aims to foster partnerships and create opportunities that drive development and investment in the country.

HIA is currently a candidate for the ‘Best Airport in the World’ award by Skytrax 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. Passengers can vote for HIA by visiting the Official Skytrax World Airport Survey website.

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