VIPs toured Qatar’s newest aviation hub on Sunday (February 17) ahead of its opening in April.
Doha’s Hamad International Airport, part of the Gulf State’s efforts to modernize its capital ahead of the 2022 World Cup, is billed as a world-class facility which will redefine passenger and transit experience.
The slick new airport will become the future home of the national carrier, Qatar Airways, and is set to receive passenger flights of a dozen or more airlines as early as April this year. Cargo operations are planned to open by March.
Work is still being done at the new airport, but officials already have high hopes that it will become an important hub for both the Middle East region and the world.
“We’ve reached here today. I think things are not finished yet, even though, you know, as you can see there are many things that are there for the use of the passenger. So the task continues.
HIA (Hamad International Airport) is a big airport and will continue to be an important airport in the world, so it’s a machine that will continue to function. Hopefully the people that will continue to be here to work on the expansion will have the same intensity of their work that we have had in the past years,” said Bernardo Gogna, project manager for Hamad International Airport.
VIPs who previewed the airport were presented with specially designed and framed boarding passes to mark the occasion.
The airport fulfilled the Emir’s vision for Qatar to have an airport that “ranks among the best in the world” which “meets the demands of rapidly evolving aviation needs combined with leading edge technology,” according to a statement from H.E. Al Noaimi.