Qatar Airways VIP flight opens Hamad Int’l Airport
Hamad International Airport welcomed a celebratory Qatar Airways’ VIP flight last week, upon the airport’s highly anticipated soft opening. The Qatar Airways A320 aircraft, which left Doha International Airport just before 11:00am, landed on Hamad International Airport’s Easterly runway shortly afterwards. Upon arrival, QR7450 was greeted by a traditional water salute and a warm welcome from gathering crowds at gate B3 on one of the airport’s new concourses.
Following the soft launch, 10 airlines are now operating fully from Hamad International Airport: Biman Bangladesh Airlines, flydubai, Air Arabia, Iran Air, Air India Express, Yemenia, Pakistan International Airlines, Syrian Airlines, Pegasus Airlines and Nepal Airlines.
Qatar Airways will move its entire hub operations to Hamad International Airport on May 27.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “It is a historic moment, not only in the history of our airline, but for the State of Qatar, to see this Qatar Airways VIP flight touch down at the newly-opened Hamad International Airport.
“Today’s highly anticipated opening of the new airport signifies to the world that Doha is now ready to open its doors for passengers to experience an airport that transforms the travel experience, and it is with much excitement that we await the move of all Qatar Airways flights to this new facility...”
Billed as the world’s latest global gateway, Hamad International is designed to accommodate 30 million passengers annually; the airport covers an area of 29 square kilometers.
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