12,7 Million Passengers Cannot be Wrong with Doha, Qatar

Hamad International Airport’s indoor tropical garden, the Orchard

26.84% increase in passenger traffic in Q3, 44.5% increase in Q1, and 24% in Q2- this is Hamad International Airport Doha (DOH), in Qatar.

During Q3 alone, Hamad International Airport welcomed a total of 12,706,475 passengers. The airport reported 67,285 aircraft landing and take-offs within this period, which is an outstanding 24.48% increase compared to the previous year. Cargo operations at Hamad International Airport also saw significant growth in the third quarter, with a 3.38% increase – amounting to a total of 590,725 tons of cargo. These numbers underscore the airport’s significance in the global logistics chain.

New Destinations from Doha

The airport experienced substantial growth in destinations including  Guangzhou and Hangzhou in China, Auckland in New Zealand, Gatwick in the United Kingdom, and Denpasar Bali in Indonesia. Its commitment to expansion is also apparent in the introduction of new and resumed destinations.  Lyon and Toulouse in France are the latest additions to the facility’s extensive list of connections.

Additionally, flights to Birmingham, Chengdu, and Chongqing have been resumed.

Strategic Partnerships

Under the partnership with Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport has announced that Chinese airline Xiamen Airlines has commenced new operations at the award-winning airport from Beijing and Xiamen, China.

Operating on two routes, the first route commenced on 20 October 2023 with daily flights from Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) to Qatar’s Hamad International Airport. The aircraft is a Boeing 787-9, with a total of 287 seats. The second route commenced operations on 31 October 2023 with two flights per week from Xiamen to Hamad International Airport. The aircraft in operation is the Boeing 787-9 with 287 seats.

Offering a wide range of services and facilities to its passengers, Hamad International Airport underwent a major expansion in November 2022, which saw the addition of a brand-new, state-of-the-art indoor tropical garden known as the ORCHARD – along with new lounges and exclusive retail and F&B outlets. As part of its digital transformation strategy, the airport has constantly invested in the latest technologies and innovative solutions set to optimize operations and provide a seamless and enhanced airport journey for passengers.

Most recently, the airport introduced innovative digital wayfinding using QR codes and other advanced features to help manage crowds and ease travel.

Inaugurated in 2014, Hamad International Airport constantly embraces growth and innovation – achieving multiple accolades and awards in the process. An essential hub between East and West, the global airport continues to be ranked amongst the best facilities in the world.

Hamad International Airport is a candidate for the World’s Best Airport at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2024.

Hamad International Airport is the gateway to Qatar and the world.

Designed to meet and exceed the expectations of global travelers, Hamad International Airport is a diverse lifestyle destination of its own. Housed in one expansive terminal, the airport integrates contemporary shopping and dining options, entertainment and relaxation facilities, and a world-class art collection from internationally acclaimed artists.

Hamad International Airport has successfully completed the first phase of its airport expansion project, which has significantly increased capacity and enhanced its multi-dimensional offering. Delivering on its promise to be the “airport of the future,” Hamad International Airport’s expansion features a refreshing environment of lush greenery, as well as contemporary retail and dining concepts among other leisure attractions and facilities.

The airport’s commercial and operation functions are managed by MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Management and Operation, and a corporate subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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