Qatar’s world-scale Hamad International Airport has served nearly 8.72mn passengers in the first quarter of 2018.
HIA, which is Qatar’s gateway to the world, has also handled 52,250 aircraft movements and 514,299 tonnes of cargo from January to March this year.
Data provided by Hamad International Airport on Wednesday showed that HIA served 3,035,469 passengers in January, 2,682,074 in February and 3,007,253 in March. These include passengers arriving, departing and transferring through Qatar’s airport.
The airport also handled 17,937 aircraft movements in January, 16,204 movements in February and 18,109 movements in March, which includes total number of aircraft take-offs and landings at the airport.
HIA has also handled 514,299 tonnes of cargo in the first quarter this year, with 168,156 tonnes in January, 160,776 tonnes in February and 185,366 tonnes in March, which signifies a marked increase from the previous year.
Hamad International Airport’s 2018 summer schedule is expected to be busy with many of its foreign airlines increasing their weekly flights to Doha.
HIA will also be serving approximately 15 new destinations this summer.
Hamad International Airport has welcomed 120mn passengers since the beginning of its operations in May 2014 until end-2017.
The first quarter of the year has truly been a successful one for Qatar’s airport, having received two ISO certifications; ISO/IEC 20000, which is the highest global standard for IT Service Management as well as ISO 55001:2014 certification which is the international standard for asset management, making Qatar’s airport the first in the Middle East to achieve this accreditation from the British Standards Institution.
During the first quarter, HIA also won multiple awards and accolades at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018 held in March. The airport ranked the fifth ‘Best Airport in the World’, moving up one place from last year.
HIA was also awarded the title of ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the fourth year in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for the third year in a row.
Home to Qatar Duty Free (QDF), which boasts more than 90 elegant boutiques and high-end stores, as well as, more than 30 restaurants and cafes, HIA was recognised as the fourth ‘Best Airport for Shopping’, moving up one position from the previous year and fifth ‘Best Airport for Dining’ for the second consecutive year.
HIA has been ranked first in the category of ‘Best Airport in 30-40mn Passengers’ for the third consecutive year and sixth in the category of ‘Best Airport for Transit Passengers’ for the second consecutive year; milestones made possible by the 35 million passengers that the airport has hosted since 2017.
HIA was further ranked third ‘Best Airport Leisure Amenities’ maintaining its position from last year and ninth ‘Best World's Cleanest Airport’ moving up one place from last year’s Skytrax World Airport Awards.
The awards recognise HIA’s commitment to the highest environmental standards and to responsible business practices as well as innovative facilities, five-star customer service and state-of-the-art terminal.
Hamad International Airport has welcomed 120mn passengers since the beginning of its operations (in May 2014) until end-2017.
The airport served 35.27mn passengers and handled 222,321 aircraft movements in 2017 alone.