Hamad International Airport

This article is about Doha's new international airport. For the old airport which closed in 2014, see Doha International Airport.
Hamad International Airport
مطار حمد الدولي
Airport type Public
Owner Qatar Civil Aviation Authority
Operator Qatar Airways
Serves Qatar
Location Doha, Qatar
Hub for Qatar Airways
Elevation AMSL 4 m / 13 ft
Coordinates 25°16′23″N 51°36′29″E / 25.27306°N 51.60806°E / 25.27306; 51.60806Coordinates: 25°16′23″N 51°36′29″E / 25.27306°N 51.60806°E / 25.27306; 51.60806
Website dohahamadairport.com

Location in Qatar

Direction Length Surface
m ft
16R/34L 4,250 13,944 Asphalt
16L/34R 4,850 15,912 Asphalt
Passenger movements 32,168,817 Increase17%
Aircraft movements 236,758 Increase17%
Cargo tonnage 1,454,952 Increase46%
Source:CAA QATAR [1]

Hamad International Airport (IATA: DOH, ICAO: OTHH) (Arabic: مطار حمد الدولي) is the international airport of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. It replaced the former Doha International Airport as Qatar's airport.

Formerly known as New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Hamad International Airport was originally scheduled to open in 2009, but after a series of costly delays, the airport finally opened on 30 April 2014 with a ceremonial Qatar Airways flight landing from nearby Doha International. National carrier Qatar Airways and all other carriers formally relocated to the new airport on 27 May 2014.[2]


Interior of Concourse C
Qatar Airways aircraft on the apron

Planning and construction

Planning took place in 2003 and construction began in 2005. The airport (terminal and runway) has been built 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the older Doha International Airport. It is spread over an area of 2,200 hectares (5,500 acres), and was set to initially serve airlines that will not utilize lounge access.

Hamad International Airport was designed to cater for a projected ongoing increase in the volume of traffic. The airport has an initial annual capacity of 29 million passengers, three times the current volume. Upon completion, it will be able to handle 50 million passengers per year, although some estimates suggest the airport could handle up to 93 million per year, making it the second largest airport in the region after Dubai.[3] It is also expected to handle 320,000 aircraft movements and 2 million tonnes of cargo annually. The check-in and retail areas are expected to be 12 times larger than those at the current airport. The airport will be two-thirds the size of Doha city.[4] The airport has an oasis theme. Many of the buildings have a water motif, with wave-styled roofs and desert plants growing in recycled water.[5] The airport is built over 22 square kilometres (8.5 sq mi), half of which is on reclaimed land.[6]

The Steering Committee awarded the contract for the development of the airport to Bechtel. The contract includes the design, construction management and project management of the facilities.[7] The terminal and concourses were designed by the architecture firm HOK. Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for Phase I and II were undertaken by Turkish TAV Construction and Japanese Taisei Corporation.


Cargo operations began from 1 December 2013, with an inaugural flight by Qatar Airways Cargo arriving from Europe.[8] The original soft launch on 2 April 2013 was cancelled just a few hours prior, and was postponed indefinitely due to unsatisfactory safety related issues that needed further reviewing taking nine months to address.[9] Hamad International Airport was then set to begin passenger operations in January 2014, with a soft opening.[10]

Qatar Airways threatened a $600 million lawsuit against the joint venture contractor Lindner Depa Interiors for delaying the opening of the airport by failing to complete its lounges on time; LDI stated that it was delayed due to inadequate site access. Qatar Airways later blamed Bechtel for the opening delay in April 2013, citing failures to meet regulatory requirements.[11]

Hamad International Airport finally began passenger operations on 30 April 2014, with ten initial airlines operating.[12] Qatar Airways and remaining airlines started operations to Hamad Airport on 27 May 2014 at 09:00 (Qatar time).

An expansion plan announced in September 2015 called for an extension of the check-in area, an expansion of concourses D and E into a 1.3 km long concourse, a new passenger amenity area in the D/E complex with lounges, shops and restaurants, and a connection to the Doha Metro.[13][14]


Terminal 1

Terminal 1 features First and Business Class lounges which were opened by Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker on June 20, 2014.

Concourse D & Concourse E are due to be extended with a possible Concourse F although plans are still to be finalised [16]

Planned Terminal 2

Qatar plans to build a second terminal only if the present passenger growth outnumbers the projected figures. This looks to be more of a certainty, as some of articles say that terminal two is a confirmed project due to the anticipated passenger load from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[17]


The airport has two parallel runways, located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from each other, which are designed for simultaneous take-offs and landings. The first is 4,850 m × 60 m (15,910 ft × 200 ft) and is considered to be the longest runway in Western Asia, and also one of the longest runways in the world. The second runway is 4,250 m × 60 m (13,940 ft × 200 ft).[18]

Airlines and destinations


Air Arabia Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah B
Air Arabia Egypt Alexandria-Borg el Arab B
Air Cairo Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Assiut, Sohag A
Air India Express Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai A
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk B
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chittagong, Dhaka, Sylhet1 B
British Airways London-Heathrow B
Cebu Pacific Manila B
Cham Wings Airlines Damascus B
EgyptAir Cairo B
Emirates Dubai-International B
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababa B
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi B
flydubai Dubai-Al Maktoum, Dubai-International B
Gulf Air Bahrain B
Himalaya Airlines Kathmandu B
Iran Air Lar, Shiraz B
Iran Aseman Airlines Bandar Abbas, Lamerd, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Lar B
Jet Airways Delhi , Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram B
KLM Amsterdam, Bahrain (both end 25 March 2017)[19] B
Kuwait Airways Kuwait B
Lufthansa Frankfurt B
Middle East Airlines BeirutB
Nepal Airlines Kathmandu B
Oman Air Muscat B
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen B
Philippine Airlines Manila B
Qatar Airways Abu Dhabi, Abha, Addis Ababa, Adelaide, Ahmedabad, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Algiers, Amman-Queen Alia, Amritsar, Amsterdam, Ankara ,[20] Athens, Atlanta, Auckland (begins 5 February 2017),[21] Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi , Barcelona, Basra, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Birmingham, Boston, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Buraydah, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Chongqing, Clark, Colombo, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dhaka, Djibouti, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Dubai-International, Durban, Edinburgh, Entebbe, Erbil, Faisalabad, Frankfurt, Gassim, Geneva, Goa, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Helsinki, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Hofuf, Houston-Intercontinental, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Krabi ,[22] Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Luxor, Madinah, Madrid, Mahé (resumes 12 December 2016),[22] Malé, Manchester, Manila , Maputo, Marrakech, Mashhad, Melbourne, Miami, Milan-Malpensa, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Multan, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, New York-JFK, Nagpur, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Peshawar, Philadelphia, Phuket, Pisa, Ras Al Khaimah, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Salalah, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharjah, Shiraz, Sialkot, Singapore, Sofia, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sulaymaniah, Sydney, Ta'if, Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita , Tunis, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Washington-Dulles, Windhoek-Hosea Kutako ,Yangon, Yerevan, Zanzibar, Zagreb, Zürich A, B, C, D, E
Rotana Jet Abu Dhabi B
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca B
Royal Jordanian Airlines Amman-Queen Alia B
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam B
Sudan Airways Khartoum B
SriLankan Airlines Colombo B
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk B
United Airways Dhaka A


Cargolux[23] Hong Kong, Luxembourg
DHL International Aviation ME Bahrain
Etihad Cargo[24] Abu Dhabi, Sharjah
Falcon Express Cargo Airlines[25] Dubai-International
Iran Air Cargo Lar, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Lufthansa Cargo[26] Frankfurt, Sharjah
MNG Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk , Tekirdağ
Qatar Airways Cargo[27] Accra, Ahmedabad, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bahrain, Bangalore, Beirut, Basel/Mulhouse, Brussels, Campinas, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dhaka, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt,Guangzhou(b.777F), Halifax, Hanoi(a.330-200F), Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Liege, Lima, London-Stansted, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Lima, Mexico City, Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai(a.330-200F), Muscat, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, New York-JFK, Oslo, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sialkot, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Zaragoza
Saudia Cargo[28] Amsterdam, Frankfurt
Turkish Airlines Cargo[29] Istanbul-Atatürk


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