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Hamad International Airport Mini Guide
What is the Airport Like?
Hamad International Airport replaces the former overcrowded Doha International Airport with the world’s second biggest airport facility. Having an ultimate capability of up to 93 million passengers, it could soon challenge for world’s busiest airport too. The airport is being built as a huge environmentally friendly project with natural CO2 and heat regulation, assisted air conditioning, plants growing in and watered by recycled water and a design based around water with wave styled roofs and water motifs everywhere.
The terminal will be three miles from the current facility and have a terminal which will add sixteen new gates to the existing set up followed by a further forty in phase three. Retaining and upgrading the existing facility will include adding a suspended monorail to ease access to the different terminals. The completion of the works is expected to be some time in 2015. By that time the area of the airport will be two thirds of the size of Qatar’s capital, Doha.
How can I get There?
There are already dozens of flights planned for Hamad International Airport including many from the UK and Europe. Qatar Airways will operate flights from several European airports including Frankfurt and London Heathrow. From Amsterdam, KLM will operate a route whilst Lufthansa will also operate a Frankfurt service. Getting into Doha will be by road with 3,500 parking spaces available at the airport plus taxis and shuttle buses.
What are the Facilities Like?
The facilities will be very extensive with a shopping mall containing more than fifty shops and a food court giving access to over forty eateries ranging from a la carte dining to take away. There’s a big mosque for prayers and several VIP and business lounges for the wealthier traveller. Two hotels; one a five star luxury facility, the other a transit hotel for overnight stays, add to customer comfort and the 108 check in desks, multiple security points and baggage reclaim carousels mean that transit through the airport should be swift.
- Hamad Airport reports that it has handled over 120m passengers in it's first 4 years of operation, exceeding targets.