Hamad International Airport (HIA) replaces Doha International Airport (DIA) as the five-star gateway to Qatar, the Gulf and on to the rest of the world.

HIA operates 10 airlines from April 30th including; Air Arabia, Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Fly Dubai , Iran Air, Nepal Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Syrian Airlines and Yemenia (Yemen Airways).

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Qatar Airways will officially move to its new home at Hamad International Airport (HIA) on May 27, 2014, when the world-class facility will become the new home for the national carrier of the State of Qatar. Qatar Airways has been operating out of Doha International Airport for 17 years. HIA will offer passengers a new standard in international travel and help in supporting Qatar Airways as it continues to grow its operations through its continuous fleet and route expansion.

Positioned at the edge of the Arabian Gulf, Hamad International Airport’s tranquil waterside setting provides a perfect backdrop for its stylish architectural design, underpinned by advanced airport systems. Situated on reclaimed land, the Passenger Terminal Complex is 600,000 square metres in size and is the largest building in Doha.

Key aspects of this modern airport complex include; a uniquely shaped 2,100 square meter public mosque located outside the Passenger Terminal Complex and the crescent shaped Air Traffic Control Tower, which can be seen throughout the city.

Hamad-Airport-checkinHIA, the world’s newest international hub, is located four kilometres from the current Doha International Airport, and was built on land of which 60% was reclaimed from the sea. The airport, which will operate Concourses A, B and C initially, will have the capacity to accommodate 30 million passengers annually upon opening and will redefine airport excellence. HIA will eventually accommodate 50 million passengers a year once Concourses D and E are opened and the airport is operating at full capacity.

The state-of-the-art facility features 138 check-in counters across 5 islands, comprising of 108 counters for Qatar Airways’ Economy passengers and all other airlines; 14 seated check-in areas for Qatar Airways’ First Class passengers; and 16 counters dedicated to Qatar Airways’ Business Class passengers. In addition, HIA will operate 41 contact gates, which will increase to 65 once the airport opens Concourses D and E with six of the gates being fully dedicated to servicing the Airbus A380 aircraft, of which Qatar Airways has 13 on order with the first delivery expected in early June.

Travellers transiting through Hamad International Airport will have the opportunity to fully experience the new 600,000 square metre passenger terminal complex, which features arched columns, generous natural lights as well as works of art which were commissioned specifically for the state-of-the-art airport. High-end retail and food and beverage outlets; activity nodes, which include computers with internet access, children’s play and rest areas; and countless other designer and functional touches will take the HIA travel experience to a whole new level.