Hamad International Airport (HIA) has reported serving a total of 9.38mn passengers in the second quarter of 2019, making it the “busiest” second quarter the airport has seen.
The “record-breaking” second quarter saw passenger numbers at Doha's world-scale airport growing by 18.9% compared with the same quarter last year.
Qatar’s state-of-the-art terminal has also handled 56,452 aircraft movements from April to June 2019, marking a 5.48% increase compared to the same quarter last year.
In detail, HIA has served 3,427,723 passengers in April, 2,792,445 in May, and 3,152,384 in June. These numbers are inclusive of passengers arriving, departing and transferring through HIA.
The airport also handled 18,997 aircraft movements in April, 18,487 movements in May and 18,968 movements in June, which includes the total number of aircraft take-offs and landings at the airport.
On the “rewarding” figures of the second quarter, HIA chief operating officer Badr Mohamed al-Meer said, “We are happy to witness these extremely positive results in the second quarter of 2019. This growth momentum in passenger numbers reflects HIA’s commitment to working continuously to strongly grow the airport and ensure it to be the experience of choice for all travellers. It is also a testament to the rapid growth of Qatar Airways which currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub at HIA to more than 160 destinations worldwide.”
During this “fruitful” quarter, the national carrier Qatar Airways inaugurated five new destinations. Linking HIA to the world, Qatar Airways’ new routes include Izmir (Turkey) and Rabat (Morocco) which were launched in May; with Davao (The Philippines), Malta and Lisbon (Portugal) joining the network later in June.
With the expansion of the route network, HIA looks forward to welcoming a rising number of travellers aboard Qatar’s state-of-the-art facility to experience a unique passenger journey into the world of the arts, culture and hospitality.
In May 2019, HIA marked its fifth year of operations and has celebrated their success through a series of passenger, employee and stakeholder appreciation events, highlighting the role that partners play in its fast-paced success.
Shortly after, as a central piece of the airport’s digital strategy, HIA has begun trialling systems as part of the second phase of its ‘Smart Airport Program’, which sets to initiate an exciting major digital transformation of the passenger journey through facial biometric recognition across all key passenger touchpoints.
For the second consecutive year, HIA has received “Best Airport for Passenger Experience” ranking from AirHelp, the world’s leading air passenger rights specialist.
“This acknowledges Qatar’s airport’s efforts in introducing industry level innovations to the passenger experience and providing travellers with exceptional five-star services,” HIA said.