Qatar's new aviation hub boosts cargo volume in July
by Andy Sambidge
Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s new aviation hub, has announced an increase in its monthly cargo and passenger statistics compared to those at the old Doha International Airport.
HIA reported an additional 12.76 percent in cargo traffic in July compared to last July when the old airport was in operation. The airport also saw an 11.36 percent passenger increase through its doors, a statement said.
A total of 2,160,843 travellers departed, transferred and arrived into Qatar during July,
All cargo operations are now operating out of the new airport where the facility is fully automated.
The HIA Passenger Terminal Complex houses a total of 138 check-in counters across five islands, including 108 counters for Qatar Airways Economy passengers and all other airlines, 16 counters dedicated to Qatar Airways Business Class travellers and 14 luxury, bespoke, seated check-in counters for Qatar Airways First Class passengers.
Hamad International Airport also offers 40,000 square metres of combined retail, food and beverage facilities, establishing the airport as a premier shopping and dining destination
The new airport is located on the East coast of the peninsula, 16km from the centre of Doha.