The new airport in Doha, Qatar, that was supposed to be originally opened in 2009 and was subsequently delayed by several times, is now used by all airlines flying to/from Doha.
Qatar Airways and all remaining airlines using the old airport had all their flights departing after 9AM today (May 27, 2014) to leave from the new airport.
You can access Hamad International’s website here.
The new airport is expected to be fully completed in 2015 and the Qatar Airways own lounges in few months time.
In the meantime Qatar Airways premium passengers are accommodated on other lounges at the airport or passengers are provided with some vouchers
Here are some tidbits from the Gulf Times article:
Qatar Airways yesterday said the historic move will enable its passengers to enjoy a “comprehensive five-star experience” at the “world’s newest international gateway”.
“The move of our entire operations to HIA is a momentous occasion for Qatar Airways, and one that we have been preparing for extensively for a long time,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker.
“Our move to HIA heralds a new beginning for Qatar Airways, as we will now be based in a world-class hub that has been entirely designed to meet the needs and expectations of even the most discerning passengers.
“With the capacity to handle nearly 8,700 customers an hour, HIA will provide a seamless, hassle-free experience to our passengers, from check-in to passport control and boarding. Qatar Airways passengers will be thrilled to enjoy the comfort and functional design of the new airport, along with the exceptional shopping and dining choices it offers.”
The HIA Passenger Terminal Complex will house a total of 138 check-in counters across “five islands”, including some 108 counters for Qatar Airways economy passengers and all other airlines, 16 counters dedicated to Qatar Airways Business Class travellers and 14 luxury, bespoke, seated check-in counters for Qatar Airways’ first class passengers.
The new airport in Doha has been long due. It is the only “major” airport that didn’t have a single jet bridge but all the passengers were bussed to and from the airplanes.
The premium terminal was fine but way too small during the evening bank. Sometimes it was a challenge to find a place to sit down.
Let’s hope that the airport performs well from the getco and that there are no teething issues.