Hamad International Airport (HIA) welcomed a record-breaking 38,786,422 passengers in 2019, marking its most successful year since its inauguration in 2014.
The achievement indicates a year-on-year growth of 12.44 per cent compared to passenger numbers in 2018.
Eight new passenger destinations were added to HIA’s global network in 2019, inclusive of Davao, Philippines; Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Gaborone, Botswana; Langkawi, Malaysia; Mogadishu, Somalia; Malta; and Lisbon, Portugal. Three new cargo destinations were also added to HIA’s network, namely Istanbul, New York and Almaty.
Fifteen airlines operating at HIA increased their weekly flight frequencies, including Kuwait Airways, Salam Air, Philippine Airlines, Oman Air and Air India Express. HIA also welcomed two new airline partners – Air India and Tarco Aviation.
The hub handled a total of 232,917 aircraft movements in 2019, a 5.57 per cent growth the previous year.
Chief operating officer, HIA, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer spoke on the achievement: “2019 has been a spectacular year for HIA, having broken our record for the greatest number of passengers ever served since commencing our operations. It was also an exciting year for the airport as the gateway to some of the world’s biggest sporting events, including the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 and the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019, which were successfully hosted by the State of Qatar.”
He continued: “Looking ahead, we’re focused on increasing our operational capacity through our major airport expansion project, which is a vital part of the airports rapid growth and the country’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup and beyond.”
HIA announced its multi-phased airport expansion plan in 2019. Phase A of the expansion is set to comprise of a central concourse linking concourses D and E and will increase 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. The expansion project will also feature a 10,000m2 indoor tropical garden, a 268m2 water feature, 11,720m2 of landscaped retail and F&B space and the 9,000m2 Al Mourjan lounge.