Hamad International Airport Announces Phase 2 Expansion; Qatar Airways to Co-Host 2019 Trinity Forum
Updated: Oct 25, 2019
On Tuesday, Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha, Qatar presented grand plans for the Airport’s second expansion phase. Additionally, Qatar Airways will co-host the 2019 Trinity Forum for airport commercial revenues.
In a Qatar Airways press release on Wednesday, the company described the second expansion phase of Hamad International Airport (Doha, Qatar). The plans were revealed to real estate investors at the Cityscape Qatar conference taking place from October 22-24. Some of the prominent new features include a 10,000 square meter indoor tropical garden, which will be in the central concourse, and a 268 square meter water feature. The second airport expansion will be completed two phases. During Phase A, which will begin in early 2020, concourses D and E will be linked by a central concourse. Phase A will expand HIA’s capacity to 53M passengers by 2022. After 2022, Phase B will expand concourses D and E, bringing the airport’s capacity to 60M passengers annually. The Phase 2 expansion plan will also include 11,720 square meters of retail and food and beverage space, as well as a 9,000 square meter lounge. The world-class Al Mourjan lounge will be located above the retail space, providing a spectacular view of the tropical gardens and will also include restaurants, business centers, spas, a gymnasium and other passenger facilities. In today’s announcement, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker stated,
“The expansion of Hamad International Airport is a vital part of the future success of the Qatar Airways Group, and of course the country’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and beyond. It is also a strong sign that Qatar’s economy is robust and acts as a further economic stimulus, providing excellent opportunities for local and international contractors. Plans for the phase two expansion focuses on capacity and passenger experience – we want to provide even better airport journeys to more people around the world. The expansion will allow us to do this.”
On Tuesday, Qatar Airways announced that they would be co-hosting the 2019 Trinity Forum along with His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications of the State of Qatar, Hamid International Airport (HIA) and Qatar Duty Free. The Trinity Forum is an international conference on airport commercial revenues organized by The Moodie Davitt Report, Airports Council International (ACI) and ACI Asia Pacific. This will be the first time the event will be hosted in Qatar with an airline co-sponsor and His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker will be a keynote speaker.
In a separate press release on Tuesday, Qatar Airways made news with the announcement that they would be the launch customer for Gulfstream Aerospace’s new flagship, the Gulfstream G700. When delivered, ten new G700’s will join eleven other Gulfstream jets currently in the Qatar Executive fleet. In Tuesday’s announcement, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker stated,
“We are excited to be the launch customer of the G700, the largest business jet in the industry, and are looking forward to the aircraft joining our fleet. Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivalled performance that complements our excellence in customer service.”
Source(s): Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport (HIA)
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