HIA becomes busiest airport in Middle East Jul 22, 2021 0 354 12345 Tribune News NetworkDohaThe Hamad International Airport (HIA) is now the busiest airport in the Middle East, according to prominent travel analytics organization ForwardKeys.HIA has secured this position by safeguarding its airport experience with its adherence to COVID-19 policies and protocols, and introduction of technological solutions.ForwardKeys said that “During the height of the COVID-19 crisis, many routes in and out of Doha remained operational”.As a result Doha became a major hub for repatriation flights – most notably to Johannesburg and Montreal, the firm said.During the pandemic, Qatar’s airport never lost sight of its ambitious long-term goals, continuing with its expansion while being at the forefront of airport health and safety innovations. In March 2020, when global airports around the world began to close, HIA adapted and innovated to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic, implementing the latest technologies to ensure the health and safety of its passengers and staff, and introducing the latest safety measures in accordance with global standards.HIA was the first airport in the Middle East to receive the ISO 22301:2012 Business Continuity Management System Certification by British Standards Institution (BSI) for its pre-existing business continuity plans, proving the resilience of HIA operations in the face of disruptions such as the pandemic.The airport adapted to changing traveller needs with the help of technological solutions such as Smart Screening Helmets that enable contactless temperature measurement, and autonomous disinfectant robots. HIA’s secure passenger experience is also ensured with its UVC disinfection tunnels to decontaminate inbound luggage from arriving passengers and security screening technology which allows passengers to proceed through security checkpoints without taking out electronic devices or liquids from their bags.HIA’s internal teams also developed an automated facial detection system using computer vision and artificial intelligence to ensure the wearing of masks for all its staff. The airport has also deployed touchless capabilities at key touchpoints such as self-check-in, self-bag-drop and terminal elevators.In 2020, HIA was the first entity in the world to achieve independent certification from BSI for its implementation of COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocols. The certification was conducted following successful audits for Compliance to International Civil Aviation Organization Civil Aviation Recovery Taskforce ICAO CART, and solidifies HIA’s leading position in implementing best practices to ensure staff and passenger safety and security. In 2021, HIA received re-verification by BSI for its successful compliance with the safety and hygiene measures outlined by ICAO CART. HIA is the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to receive 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating by SKYTRAX. The audit evaluated the effectiveness of the COVID-19 policies implemented at HIA in offering a clean and safe environment for staff and passengers. This acknowledgment is a testament to HIA’s commitment to operational excellence and passenger well-being. RELATED ARTICLES Fun and frolic at Katara Jul 22, 2021 0 4048 Amir allocates $100 mn to support Yemen food security Jul 22, 2021 0 492 e-Payment Gateway sees 451,931 transactions in Q2 Jul 22, 2021 0 722 25 die as roads, underground inundated in China flooding DPA Beijing At least 25 people were killed as torrential rain lashed China’s central province of Henan, causing landslides and flooding that partially submerged the underground rail system of Zhengzhou. About 200,000 .. Amir condoles with Saudi king QNA Doha His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the death .. Amir greets king of Belgium QNA Doha His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of congratulations to HM King Philippe of the Kingdom Belgium, on the occasion of his country’s National Day. FM meets US senators QNA Doha Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met with Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Robert Menendez, and Senators Tom .. QRCS initiates Eid clothing project in Yemen Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) initiated an Eid Clothing project in Amanat Al-Asimah, Yemen, for the benefit of 800 destitute families. At a total cost of $ 40,000, the charitable project is funded by the donations ..