The opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA) has now been moved back to ‘mid-year 2014’.
The airport was set to open this month after missing its original target of Summer 2013.
“Despite delays, which were a result of changes requested during construction to expand the project, as well as challenges we faced regarding some contracts, we are on track for a mid-year opening,” said Abdul Aziz Mohammad Al-Noaimi, chairman of the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) steering committee.
“Through the work of many people, we have overcome the delays, and here today we are witnessing a major achievement of which Qataris will be proud for long years to come.”
In addition to the delays, the airport has also been the subject of lawsuits involving at least one contractor.
The airport will have a capacity of 30 million on opening day. This is more than originally planned and is the reason given for the airport’s delayed opening.
HIA and the related Airport City span 29 square kilometers, 60% on land reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. More than 1,000 architects, designers, engineering consultants, and project managers worked on the project, through more than 200 local, regional and international contractors and service contracts.
The passenger terminal was built with an internal area of 600,000 square metres on opening day. In its opening configuration, the terminal has three concourses and 33 contact gates, increasing to five concourses and 65 contact gates, including eight for the A380 in the final build-out. The terminal also includes 16 lounges for various categories of passengers, 28 art installations by local, regional and international artists, more than 100 F&B and retail outlets, a transit hotel, a swimming pool, a luxury spa and squash courts.