Hamad International Airport celebrates its first day of full airline operations
Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s new world-class gateway to the world, marked the transfer of all airlines from Doha International Airport (DIA) with passengers receiving celebratory gifts to congratulate them on being part of this important moment in Qatar’s aviation history.
Local and international online communities, aviation and travel enthusiasts and future guests at HIA were able to share in the excitement with information on the celebratory activities shared across HIA’s newly launched website and social media channels.
Passengers departing on the first 10 flights from HIA were greeted with roses, dates and Qatari flags to mark its first day of full airline operations. The 10 remaining airlines at DIA have now transferred to Qatar’s new aviation hub, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Egyptair, Emirates, Gulf Air, Jet Airways, MEA Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Qatar Airways, the five-star national airline of the State of Qatar.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said, “We have marked a significant milestone in the phased opening of HIA as all airlines are now operating from our world-class gateway to the world. We wanted passengers to participate in our excitement for this historic moment, presenting them with gifts as they arrived for their flight and as they become a part of HIA’s seamless travel experience for the first time. This is just a small token of our appreciation for the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received since HIA opened its doors to guests.”
As full operations began, HIA also celebrated the day by introducing its new social media platforms and website. Passengers looking for further information on airport, transport, flights and airline operations can now visit www.dohahamadairport.com, or alternatively check updates via HIA’s new social media channels including; Twitter (@HIAQatar), Facebook (Hamad International Airport) and Instagram (HIAQatar).
Mr. Al Baker added, “Passengers looking for the latest information and updates from HIA can now take advantage of the newly launched HIA social media channels and website. We hope our departing, arriving and transferring guests know they are a part of Qatar’s exciting new chapter in aviation and we look forward to hearing their comments, suggestions and experiences at HIA.”
Positioned at the edge of the Arabian Gulf, the new airport is set in a tranquil waterside setting that provides a perfect backdrop for its stylish architectural elements, underpinned by advanced airport systems. HIA features two runways, among the longest in the world, a state-of-the-art air traffic control tower, a stunning passenger terminal with an initial design capacity of 30 million passengers per year and 8,700 customers per hour, as well as a uniquely shaped public mosque.
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