Sept 19, 2016: Hamad International Airport (HIA), the hub for its home base carrier Qatar Airways, sees cargo tonnage continued to grow strongly by 20.3 percent totalling 817,792 tonnes during the first half of 2016.
The airport has welcomed 17.6 million passengers during the first half of 2016, registering a growth of more than 20 percent compared to the 14.6 million passengers served during the same period last year, setting a new passenger record for the airport.
HIA also saw a significant increase in aircraft operations from January to June with a total of 118,069 movements, which represents a 17 percent increase in aircraft take-offs and landings at the airport, compared to the same period in 2015. This growth is attributed to the continuous expansion of Qatar Airways with eight new destinations added in the first half of the year namely, Adelaide, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Los Angeles, Marrakech, Ras Al Khaimah and Yerevan as well as new flights by Philippine Airlines, Atlas Global Airlines and Himalaya Airlines.
HIA’s top routes in regards to passenger numbers during the first half of this year were Dubai, London, Bangkok, Bahrain and Colombo, generating collectively 20.3 percent of the airport’s traffic.
The UAE topped all countries in terms of total passenger numbers followed by India, Saudi Arabia, USA and United Kingdom. Regionally, the Far East achieved a 33.6 percent share of passenger movements, followed by the Middle East with 22 percent and Europe with 21.6 percent during the same period.
Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer at Hamad International Airport, said, “The first six months of this year have been the busiest for our airport to date, achieving record passenger and aircraft movement traffic. We expect HIA to continue demonstrating a healthy and steady growth in passenger numbers for the rest of the year, supporting Qatar’s vision for HIA to be leader among global aviation hubs. We are therefore committed to further invest in the development of HIA, by adding capacity, improving connectivity and delivering the best services to our travellers who have voted us as one of the top ten airports and the 5th best airport shopping in the world for 2016, and the top airport in the Middle East for the last two years.”
HIA’s facilities include two dual capacity runways, one of the largest free span maintenance hangars in the world, a cutting edge two-storey cargo facility and one of the world’s largest self-contained catering facilities.