Qatar Airways announced plans to invest up to USD1.2 billion on new facilities at Doha International Airport, despite the plans to shift to the New Doha International Airport in 2011 (The National, 04-May-2010). A new arrivals hall at the airport is scheduled to open in Jul-2010. CEO, Akbar Al Baker, added there is a master plan for the existing airport area, which would include a redevelopment to feature 17 sqkm in commercial, residential and other public facilities. The new USD14.5 billion airport is being constructed for Qatar Airways, with the first phase due to open in 2011 with capacity to handle 24 million passengers p/a. Once completed in 2015, the airport will have capacity to handle 50 million passengers p/a. The new airport is to open on National Day 18-Dec-2011 (Gulf Times, 05-May-2010). [more]
Qatar Airways: "I am delighted to say that we are well on track with our strategy, opening up routes in all corners of the world, introducing brand new aircraft into the fleet at a phenomenal rate and investing in our existing airport in Doha while the New Doha International Airport is under construction...A brand new arrivals terminal will open soon, which will free up space at the current airport where the departures check-in area will be extended. Qatar Airways is also opening a new hotel at the airport, aimed at corporate and leisure travellers, as well as transit passengers. With the pace at which Qatar Airways is growing, we must continue to invest in the existing airport until the new airport opens. This is an investment for the future.”“With our new freighter aircraft, we will have greater flexibility, flying to more destinations, further afield from our Doha hub. They will fly alongside our three Airbus A300 Freighters, which currently form the airline’s cargo fleet," Akbar Al Baker, CEO. Source: Qatar Airways, 04-May-2010.