The official opening of the expansion of Hamad International Airport (HIA) will happen next month, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said on Wednesday.
Delivering a speech on the occasion of the first day of the IATA World Financial Symposium (WFS) that kicked off in Doha on Wednesday, Baker said, “With this expansion, he said, the capacity of HIA is expected to increase to over 58 million passengers per annum. This expansion will ensure the future growth of Qatar Airways Group and the successful hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup by Qatar.”
He said, “The final phase of expansion will start early next year and is expected to be complete in two and half years. With the final phase of expansion, the capacity of HIA will increase to over 70 million passengers annually.”
Baker also took the occasion to announce that Air travel was showing signs of recovery after the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He, however, said that many challenges remained that need to be addressed as COVID-19 disrupted operations of airlines across the world like never before and faced unprecedented pressure.
Baker said “Not long ago, we all came together at the AGM to discuss the very pressing topic of resilience after the pandemic. Going through these unprecedented times has allowed us in the airline industry to come together more than ever before.” page 8