Free shuttle buses will ply between Doha Airport and the new Hamad International Airport from April 1 for passengers who require to continue their journey, a HIA leaflet has said.
Some 10 airlines that do not require lounge utilisation will move over to HIA from April 1, the day that also marks the multi-billion dollar ultra modern airport’s soft opening.
They are Air Arabia, Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, flydubai, Iran Air, Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, RAK Airways, Syrian Air and Yemen Airways.
There will be around 32 passenger flights departing daily from HIA, equating to approximately 222 flights per week. Qatar Airways Group will manage and operate Hamad International Airport.
National airline Qatar Airways will be the principal operator of flights from the new airport, but will move its entire operations from DIA to HIA only by the end of the year. All other airlines (19 as of now) will continue to use DIA until the full opening of HIA later this year.
HIA said parking will be available in the short term car park located in front of the passenger terminal complex on the east side.
Hamad International Airport, located some 4km east of the DIA, has been primarily built on reclaimed land. The airport is based on the Ras Abu Abboud street expressway, also known as the F Ring Road. Upon entering the HIA site there will be signage directing passengers to the eastern side of the short term car park located opposite the passenger terminal complex.
Passengers wanting a beverage or snack before they fly will be able to visit the café located in Concourse B at the far end of level 1.
Before boarding, passengers can visit the express duty free store. A newsagent is also available for passengers to purchase magazines, books and newspapers. Passenger facilities available at HIA include a male and female prayer room and a smoking room located in Concourse B. In addition, HIA will offer all passengers and visitors free WiFi to access from their personal devices throughout the airport.
Along with the Concourse B opening on April 1, HIA will open cargo facilities in phases from April 8. HIA is home to one of the largest cargo facilities in the world, which includes a 55,000sq m full automated cargo terminal, a 5,000sq m cargo agent building and a dedicated 4,200sq m live animal centre with eight horse stalls.
The cargo facility has the capacity to process 1.4mn tonnes of cargo a year and has an exclusive adjacent aircraft apron for 11 freighter aircraft. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said HIA will surely set the standards in the regional and global aviation industry.
“This will be a memorable experience for passengers and visitors alike as we welcome the first few airlines to their new home on April 1 before Qatar Airways switches its entire operations to Hamad International by the end of the year.”
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