May 16, 2016: At Hamad International Airport (HIA), cargo tonnage totalled 389,950 tonnes in the first quarter of 2016 with 125,907 tonnes of cargo handled in January, 122,227 tonnes in February and 141,815 tonnes in March.
It served a record 8.8 million passengers during the first quarter of 2016, making it the busiest quarter for the airport since its opening in May 2014. This represents a 20 percent increase from the number of passengers that travelled through the airport during the first quarter of 2015.
HIA also had a significant increase in aircraft movements in the first quarter of 2016 with a total of 58,288 movements, which represents a 8.6 percent increase in aircraft take-offs and landings at the airport, compared to 56,282 movements during the same period last year. The month of January and February saw 19,455 and 18,511 aircraft movements respectively, followed by the month of March with unprecedented 20,322 aircraft movements, which is the highest the airport has had.
The airport ended the previous year on a strong note having handled 30.9 million passengers from January to December 2015. It handled a total of 1.4 million tonnes of cargo as well 212,252 aircraft movements.
Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer at Hamad International Airport, said, “With the activation of concourses D and E at HIA as well as the technological advancements being implemented in the terminal, we are in a position to handle more passengers, aircraft and cargo movements than ever before.”