Qatar’s Hamad International Airport has been named the ‘World’s Best Airport’ at the ‘Skytrax 2021 World Airport Awards’.
The announcement that was made in London was telecast live at a media event at the Hamad International Airport tonight.
The 2021 World Airport Awards recognise the efforts of global airports in adapting and meeting the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The past 18 months has been the most challenging and financially difficult period ever experienced by the world air transport industry, and airports have invested to provide the safest possible environment for their customers and staff during the global pandemic.
Covid-19 has impacted some regions and airports more than others, with many areas having few, if any, international routes operating for more than a year.
Badr Mohamed al-Meer, chief operating officer at Hamad International Airport, said, “It is with great pride that we announce that Qatar’s Hamad International Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport at the Skytrax 2021 World Airport Awards. This is not only a truly remarkable achievement for HIA and the State of Qatar, but an endorsement from our travellers for our commitment to service excellence.
“HIA continues to serve as a global benchmark for airports around the world, thanks to the dedication and collaboration of our team and stakeholders. To this day, HIA’s crisis preparedness, business continuity strategy, and agile and effective response to the Covid-19 pandemic continue to be recognised by leading industry institutions. As we look towards the future, HIA remains devoted to boosting our efforts in providing the best airport experience to all our passengers.”
Hamad International Airport rounded off its success at the 2021 World Airport Awards by winning the awards for the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’, the ‘World’s Best Airport in the 25 to 35mn Passenger’ category, and for the ‘Best Airport Staff in the Middle East’.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said, “We are delighted to announce that Hamad International Airport has been voted the World’s Best Airport 2021. Inaugurated in 2014, Hamad International Airport has rapidly become a customer favourite and moved from No 3 in the world in 2020 to be ranked World’s Best Airport this year.
“Achieving this honour is very much a team effort, and our congratulations go to the Management, staff and stakeholders at Hamad International Airport that help make this happen. As travel hubs worldwide have been impacted by the pandemic, Hamad International Airport was undeterred by the global travel disruptions and continued with its expansion plans while introducing additional airport health and safety standards. As the Official Airport Partner for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 we wish Hamad International Airport every success in helping to host such a major event.”
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