Doha’s Hamad International Airport opened up in 2014. When it opened up, the capacity of the airport was at 29 million passengers per year. Due to the growth in demand, they are planning a major expansion. The airport unveiled an expansion plan to prepare for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
The expansion of the Doha airport
Hamad International Airport reached over 37 million passengers in a single year. It is also one of the busiest airports in the world. The airport was exceeding planned capacity and it was in need of expansion.
“The expansion of Hamad International Airport 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.” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said in a press release on Hamad’s website.
They also said that phase two of the expansion will focus on the capacity. The goal of the expansion is to maximize the overall experience of the passengers.
The expansion is set to be completed in 2022. The plans are to add a 10,000 square meter indoor tropical garden with a water feature. They are also planning the addition of 11,720 square meters of retail and food & beverage outlets.
New Al Mourjan Lounge
The airport’s current Al Mourjan Lounge is dealing with a constant problem of overcrowding. Now, they are planning on adding a new 9,000 square meter Al Mourjan Lounge. The lounge should have a view of the indoor tropical garden. What is interesting about the lounge is that it will be unavailable to passengers with upgraded tickets. They’ll keep their existing lounges. This includes their Al Safwa and Al Mourjan Lounges.
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