Qatar Airways will officially move to its new home at Hamad International Airport (HIA), the world’s newest hub, on 27 May 2014, when the world-class facility will become the new home for the national carrier of the State of Qatar.

Qatar Airways, which has been operating out of Doha International Airport (DIA) for 17 years, has grown from operating only a handful of aircraft regionally to today where it has 134 aircraft flying to 138 international destinations.

The move to HIA’s facilities will offer passengers a new standard in international travel and help in supporting Qatar Airways as it continues to grow its operations through its continuous fleet and route expansion.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, HE Akbar Al Baker, said:

We have been planning for this day for a long time and 27 May will be a momentous day for both the State of Qatar and Qatar Airways as we commence operations from Hamad International Airport…This airport will redefine the international traveller experience and set a new benchmark for airport excellence, and will enable Qatar Airways to offer our passengers an unrivalled experience.’

Qatar Airways is the national carrier of Qatar. Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 134 aircraft flying to 138 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. On 30 October 2013, Qatar Airways joined the oneworld Alliance, becoming the first Gulf carrier to join a global airline alliance, enabling its customers to benefit from almost 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,000 daily departures.

HIA, the world’s newest international hub, is located four kilometres from the current Doha International Airport, and was built on land of which 60% was reclaimed from the sea. The airport, which will operate Concourses A, B and C initially, will have the capacity to accommodate 30 million passengers annually upon opening and will redefine airport excellence. HIA will eventually accommodate 50 million passengers a year once Concourses D and E are opened and the airport is operating at full capacity.

The HIA facility features 138 check-in counters across five islands, comprising of 108 counters for Qatar Airways’ Economy passengers and all other airlines; 14 seated check-in areas for Qatar Airways’ First Class passengers; and 16 counters dedicated to Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers. In addition, HIA will operate 41 contact gates, which will increase to 65 once the airport opens Concourses D and E with six of the gates being fully dedicated to servicing the Airbus A380 aircraft, of which Qatar Airways has 13 on order with the first delivery expected in early June.

Travellers transiting through HIA will have the opportunity to fully experience the new 600,000 square metre passenger terminal complex, which features arched columns, generous natural lights as well as works of art which were commissioned specifically for the airport. High-end retail and food and beverage outlets; activity nodes, which include computers with internet access, children’s play and rest areas; and countless other designer and functional touches will take the HIA travel experience to a whole new level.

Following the soft opening of the airport on 30 April 2014, 10 airlines are already flying in and out of HIA including Biman Bangladesh Airlines, flydubai, Air Arabia, Iran Air, Air India Express, Yemenia, Pakistan International Airlines, Syrian Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Nepal Airlines.