Hamad Int'l handles 1m metric tonnes cargo in 1st year
Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) handled more than one million metric tonnes of cargo in its first year, demonstrating a 12% increase compared to the previous hub at Doha International Airport (DIA).
The new airport also served a record 28 million passengers in its first year of operations, recording a 23.6% year-on-year increase from the number served in its previous hub
From June 2014 to May 2015, HIA saw 28,047,750 passengers arriving, departing and transferring through the airport, The Peninsula reported.
Furthermore, HIA recorded an 11.4% increase in the number of handled aircraft, which now stands at 193,173, accommodating 36 airlines.
Since commencing operations on May 27, 2014, HIA has won numerous industry accolades – six Skytrax 2015 awards at Skytrax Airport Award ceremony at Passenger Terminal Expo 2015 in Paris, and the ‘Strategic Project of the Year’ award at 2015 Global Projects of the Year awards ceremony organised by CG/LA Infrastructure.
It also performed well in the surveys by Airport Service Quality in Q1 2015, which includes being ranked first in the Middle East for Cleanliness of Airport Terminal, Speedy Baggage Delivery and Comfort of Waiting Areas.
Badr Mohammed Al Meer, CEO at HIA, commented: “The development of our core aviation facilities is based on forecasts of passengers, aircraft growth figures and KPIs relating to service levels, which will dictate our development plan. We have also created processes and management structures to manage and deliver our multi-million-dollar future investment programmes strategically.”