The Hamad International Airport’s first phase of operations would kick off with cargo imports and exports in March, said HE the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority Chairman and Managing Director Abdul Aziz al-Noaimi.
However, “cargo uplift and arrivals” would remain at the Doha International Airport from where shipments will be transported by road to the new facility for freight forwarders and agents to handle consignments, he said while addressing the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) meeting at the Oryx Rotana yesterday.
From the summer of this year, cargo-only flights of Qatar Airways and other airlines are expected to be operated from Hamad International Airport.
“Trials of the various facilities have been an integral part of Hamad International Airport’s readiness plans since May 2012,” al-Noaimi said.
These, has said, have been essential to ensure “we get it right from the very first day we open”.
By working with Qatar Airways and the various stakeholders, “live trials” have been carried out over the months, to validate all operational flows in the airport as if the airport is totally functional.
Mass trials involving several hundred passengers at a time will continue in the passenger terminal complex. Additionally, cargo, flight operations and airside trials are being conducted to ensure all elements work together.
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