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Posted On: 17 December 2014 06:33 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

HIA asks passengers to arrive three hours before flight

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Hamad International Airport (HIA) is preparing for the influx of departing passengers during the winter season and celebrating National Day on December 18.

HIA has advised people travelling on National Day to arrive at the airport three hours before their flight departure time and that check-in will close 60 minutes prior to departure.

To save time at the airport, Qatar Airways and many other airlines operating from HIA offer passengers online check-in.

HIA will be decorated in this year’s National Day theme of a traditional dhow. Images throughout the airport will show the cultural significance of the dhow and Qatar’s history of the dhow as used in pearl diving.

HIA will distribute special, themed gifts to younger passengers and have a photography area behind the Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer, where passengers can have their photos taken next to a dhow model.

Badr Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer, HIA, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our first National Day in our new facility. As passengers from Qatar and all over the world travel for National Day and the festive season, this is an opportunity for us to showcase Qatari hospitality, and we would like to wish everyone safe travels and a happy National Day.”

Members of the public dropping off and collecting passengers are advised that HIA offers free parking for the first 30 minutes in the short-term car park. This facility is charged at QR5 per hour after the first 30 minutes.

“Free parking can be found in the long-term car park for passengers who drive their cars to the airport.

The long-term car park provides a bus ride to the bus terminal at HIA. All unattended vehicles parked on the curb side throughout the HIA facility will be towed away by authorities.

Passengers looking for further information on the airport, flights and airline operations can visit, or via HIA’s new social media channels, including; Twitter (@HIAQatar), Facebook (Hamad International Airport) and Instagram (HIAQatar).