Hamad International Airport (HIA) recorded a total of 9.38 million passengers in Q2 of 2019, the busiest second quarter yet for the hub.
The record-breaking period saw passenger numbers grow by 18.9 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. Qatar’s state-of-the-art terminal also handled 56,452 aircraft movements from April to June 2019, marking a 5.48 per cent increase compared to the same quarter last year.
In detail, HIA served 3,427,723 passengers in April, 2,792,445 in May and 3,152,384 in June. These numbers are inclusive of passengers arriving, departing and transferring through HIA. The airport also handled 18,997 aircraft movements in April, 18,487 movements in May and 18,968 movements in June, which includes the total number of aircraft take-offs and landings at the airport.
Chief operating officer, HIA, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer spoke on the achievement: “We are happy to witness these extremely positive results in the second quarter of 2019. This growth momentum in passenger numbers reflects HIA’s commitment to working continuously to expand the airport and ensure it to be the experience of choice for all travellers.”
The rise in passenger numbers was further driven by Qatar Airways’ launch of five new destinations, including Izmir, Turkey and Rabat, Morocco, which were launched in May; with Davao, Philippines, Malta and Lisbon, Portugal, joining the network later in June. With the expansion of the route network, HIA looks forward to welcoming a rising number of travellers at Qatar’s state-of-the-art facility to experience a unique passenger journey into the world of the arts, culture and hospitality.
In May 2019, HIA marked its fifth year of operations and celebrated its success through a series of passenger, employee and stakeholder appreciation events, highlighting the role that partners play in its fast-paced success. Shortly after, as a central piece of the airport’s digital strategy, HIA began trialing systems as part of the second phase of its Smart Airport Program, which sets to initiate an exciting major digital transformation of the passenger journey through facial biometric recognition across all key passenger touchpoints.