HIA moves forward with phase two of its expansion

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Phase two of Hamad International Airport’s (HIA) expansion plan will include innovative additions, such as a 10,000m2 indoor tropical garden in a central concourse and a 268m2 water feature.

Phase two consists of Phase A and B. Phase A entails the central concourse linking concourses D and E. Construction is to commence by early 2020 and will boost the airport’s capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022.

Phase B, which will be completed after 2022, will extend concourses D and E to further enhance the airport’s capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually.

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Adding to this, the enhancement includes 11,720m2 of landscaped retail and F&B space, boasting a world-class art collection and a refreshing environment of lush greenery with leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal.

HIA will also offer a 9,000m2 Al Mourjan lounge, comprising additional spas, gyms, restaurants and business centres, plus much more.

Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker declared: “The expansion HIA is a vital part of the future success of the Qatar Airways Group and of course of the country’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and beyond. It is also a strong sign that Qatar’s economy is robust and acts as a further economic stimulus, providing excellent opportunities for local and international contractors.”

Chief operating officer, HIA, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer: “The expansion will continue to redefine the airport experience, cementing HIA’s reputation as a destination gateway and critical international hub. Our expansion has been designed to seamlessly integrate with the existing terminal, allowing smooth passenger flow and improving the overall passenger experience by minimising travel distances for connections and providing clarity and intuitive wayfinding. Our ultimate aim at HIA is to become a destination in our own right, not just a gateway.”

HIA’s expansion will also include a new cargo terminal, which is expected to boost capacity handled to an estimated 3.2 million tonnes per year. The state-of-the-art terminal is slated to be ready by 2023 and will be a multi-level facility with an 85,000m2 building footprint across three levels, as well as three mezzanine levels providing approximately 323,000m2 of gross floor area.