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Posted On: 23 March 2013 01:56 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

Hamad International Airport gears up for soft-opening

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Qatar’s brand new Hamad International Airport (HIA) is gearing up to it’s soft-opening. The airport yesterday saw its final trial run which made sure everything is in place to receive the first batch of airlines and passengers on April 1. Sources told Qatar Chronicle that first passenger airline will touch down on the new airport at 12.20am, April 1. The day will see 10 foreign airlines operating out of Concourse B. There will be around 32 passenger flights departing daily from HIA equating to approximately 222 flights per week. Passengers wanting a beverage or snack before they fly will be able to visit the cafe located in Concourse B at the far end of level 1. Before boarding, passengers can visit the express duty free store to browse through a wide range of products on offer. Upon entering the HIA, passengers can see signage directing them to the eastern side of the short-term car park located opposite the passenger terminal complex. There will be pick-up and drop-off areas located on the departure and arrival floors and a bus pavilion located outside Concourse A for passengers using the public bus or the shuttle bus provided by Doha International Airport (DIA). 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. For families travelling through HIA, there are two specially designated areas located in Concourse B. Families with young children will be able to utilise baby strollers available at HIA on a complimentary basis from airport customer services Source : Qatar Chronicle