Hamad International Airport (HIA) has revealed on Tuesday plans for its second expansion phase to further enhance the airport's capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually. The new expansions were announced at a press conference held by airport officials in front of real estate investors participating in Cityscape Qatar, reported Qatar News Agency (QNA).
According to the Doha Hamad Airport website, the second phase of HIA’s expansion consists of Phase A and B. Phase A of the current expansion will comprise of the central concourse linking concourses D and E. Construction is to commence by early 2020 and will increase the airport’s capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022. Phase B, which will be completed after 2022, will extend concourses D and E to further enhance the airport’s capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually.
H.E. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: "The expansion of Hamad International Airport is a vital part of the future success of the Qatar Airways Group, and of course of the countrys preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and beyond. It is also a strong sign that Qatar's economy is robust and acts as a further economic stimulus, providing excellent opportunities for local and international contractors", he added.
"Plans for the phase two expansion focuses on capacity and passenger experience - we want to provide even better airport journeys to more people around the world. The expansion will allow us to do this."
HIA's expansion project will feature a spectacular 10,000 sqm indoor tropical garden in a central concourse as well as a 268 sqm water feature which will be the focal point of the expansion project.
The expansion plan also includes 11,720 sqm of landscaped retail and F&B space, which will enhance the multi-dimensional offerings of the five-star airport by integrating world-class art collection and refreshing environment of lush greenery with contemporary retail and dining concepts among other leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal.
HIA will also deliver 9,000 sqm of world-class Al Mourjan lounge located above the retail space with dramatic views looking towards the tropical garden. The lounge will include additional spas, gymnasiums, restaurants and business centres as well as other passenger facilities.
Other significant features include a new transfer area which will help shorten passengers' connection times and will improve their overall transfer experience at HIA as well as the central concourse that will accommodate nine additional wide-body aircraft stands. HIA expansion will also see the construction of a new cargo terminal that will increase capacity handled to an estimated 3.2 million tons per year.
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