New airport for Doha

Qatar Airways has announced plans to build a new airport in Doha, half of which will be built on reclaimed land. The first phase alone of the three-phase project will cost US$ 2 billion.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  November 11, 2003

Qatar Airways has announced plans to build a new airport in Doha. The first phase of the project, half of which will be built on reclaimed land, will cost US$ 2 billion.

“The new Doha International Airport will be designed to be one of the best airports in the world. For a visitor, the first point of contact with Qatar is generally the airport — and it is our driving priority to ensure that the best-ever facilities will welcome first-time and return visitors,” says Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Doha International Airport and Qatar Airways.

“Our new airport will set the benchmark for all future airports. It will be an international signature for the vision of Qatar,” he adds.

Work on the new airport is scheduled to begin next year. It will have two parallel runways, and an estimated capacity of nearly 12 million passengers. The terminal will have 24 gates in the first phase and it will be able to accommodate up to six A380-800 superjumbos when fully developed. The complex will also include three high-star classification hotels.

“Importantly, the new airport will position Doha and Qatar as a leading regional aviation hub for at least the next 50 years,” says Al Baker. “The airport will also be pivotal to the continued significant growth of Qatar Airways as a global airline. The new airport will allow us to offer our passengers fast and efficient connections as we build a route network of at least 60 destinations by 2005-end.”

“The new airport’s world-class airline and passenger facilities will be an irresistible incentive for major international airlines to operate through Doha,” he adds.

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