Doha set to open new terminal for foreign airlines
Doha International Airport's new Terminal B - a dedicated facility for foreign airlines - will open before the end of June, officials said on Saturday.
As a result, the check-in area of the existing Transfer and Departures terminal - to be renamed Terminal A - will be used exclusively for Qatar Airways, a statement said.
The major airport upgrade will help cope with the increased passenger traffic through Doha International Airport until the New Doha International Airport opens in 2012.
The new 2,000 sq m Terminal B will be dedicated to the more than 30 foreign airlines operating services from Doha.
It will include an enlarged check-in area with 35 counters, including an online check-in lounge, a dedicated customer service desk for oversized luggage, a currency exchange bureau, ATM machines, a new high-tech baggage handling system, and food and beverage outlets.
Moving foreign airlines to Terminal B allows Qatar Airways to ramp up service for its passengers, CEO Akbar Al Baker said.
Terminal A forms part of a multi-million dollar DIA re-development plan that will also see further boarding gates being introduced and the Oryx Lounge undergo a significant revamp.
"After the opening of the new stand-alone Doha Arrivals Terminal last December, we are now pleased to inaugurate the new Departures Terminals as the latest step in the infrastructure improvements to handle the increased influx of passengers through the airport," he said.
"The upgrade of Doha International Airport is part of a multi-million dollar investment in improved facilities ahead of the opening of the New Doha International, which promises to be one of the most advanced airports in the world," added Al Baker.
With its thriving economy fuelled by multi-billion dollar projects and the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, Qatar is receiving a growing number of business and leisure travellers.
Qatar's only international airport, which is managed by national carrier Qatar Airways, has received several upgrades since November 2006.