Hamad International Airport – The Sole International Airport in Qatar
The Hаmаd Internаtiоnаl Аirроrt is the оnly internаtiоnаl аirроrt in Qаtаr. It is situаted tо the Sоuth оf its сарitаl Dоhа. Eаrlier it wаs саlled the New Dоhа Internаtiоnаl Аirроrt.
The Hamad International Airport which is also popularly known as HIA was supposed to be inaugurated in 2009. After several delays, the airport finally opened on 30th April 2014.
The Planning Of The Hamad International Airport
The planning of this airport started in 2003. However, the construction of the same started in the year 2005. The airport site is situated 5 km to the East of the former Doha International Airport.
The Airport covers a span of 5500 acres approximately. It was set with the initial intention of serving airlines that won’t access the lounge space.
HIA or Hamad International Airport was designed to serve the purpose of increasing the volume of traffic. The annual capacity of the airport is three times its earlier volume. It is about almost 29 million passengers. It is known as the second-largest airport after Dubai.
Facilities Offered By The Hamad International Airport
There are 10 passenger gates in concourse A. These are connected to jet bridges. It is located to the West of the main terminal and the check-in area. There are again 10 passenger gates in concourse B. But these are connected to the jet bridges to the East of the check-in areas.
Concourse C has 13 gates. Concourse D and E are fully operational. On the other hand Concourse, F still needs to be finished. It was designed mainly for the first class and business class lounges.
Some Of The Other Significant Structure Of The Airport
The giant bronze statue of a teddy bear with its head having a lamp weighs approximately 18 to 20 tons. This lamp bear is the most notable structure situated inside the airport. However, in 2018 a new sculpture was installed in the terminal. This sculpture is called Small Lie. Small Lie was the creation of an American-based artist Kaws.
The airport houses two parallel runways. These are located 2 km apart from each other. This was designed so that simultaneous take-off and landings can take place. The first one is considered to be the longest runway in Western Asia and also in the world, measuring 15,910 feet by 200 feet. The second runway however measures 13,940 feet by 200 feet.
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