HIA reveals plans for further development

Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has revealed plans for a second stage of expansion that will include the development of a new cargo terminal that will increase the gateway’s freight handling capacity to an estimated 3.2 million tons a year.

The state-of-the-art cargo terminal is expected to be ready for use by 2023.

It will be a multi-level facility with an 85,000 square metre land footprint; taking in the three levels as well as three mezzanine levels, it will offer a total of approximately 323,000 square metres of gross floor area.

HIA’s expansion plan also includes significant new concourse areas that will increase the airport’s passenger throughput capacity, as well as new retail and lounge space.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker commented: “The expansion of Hamad International Airport is a vital part of the future success of the Qatar Airways Group.

“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.”

Hamad International Airport increased its cargo throughput by 14.5% to just over 2m tonnes in the 12-month period that ended on March 31 this year.

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