Qatar’s New Hamad Airport Opens for Flights
Qatar’s Hamad International Airport officially opened on Thursday as it welcomed its first flight, a Qatar Airways flight that landed on the airport’s east runway. The flight carried Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Aulaiti, the country’s minister of transport.
Ten different airlines are now operating out of the airport. More carriers will join the ten operating airlines with commenced operations on May 27, including Qatar Airways.
The airport and its encompassing Airport City currently comprise 11 square miles (29 square kilometers), 60% of which is land reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. The currently operating Passenger Terminal includes 600,000 square feet (55,741 square meters), comprised of three concourse and 33 contact gates.
Once the terminal is completed in the near future, it will include five concourses and 65 contact gates. Eight of the gates will capable of handling Airbus A380 aircraft.
The terminal will also house 16 lounges, over 100 retail outlets, a hotel, pool, spa, and squash courts. The terminal will also be home to a public mosque able to accommodate up to 500 people at a time.
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