Responding to a QNA question on whether construction work at the new airport had negatively affected Qatar Airways, HE Civil Aviation Authority Chairman Abdulaziz Mohamed Al Nuaimi acknowledged the airliner was indeed affected in terms of expansion and the acquisition of new aircraft, saying that Qatar Airways will now return to its former ambition and speed in the execution of plans and programs.
Asked if the airport’s steering committee will continue its current duties or assume other tasks at the new airport, Al Nuaimi said it will carry on present responsibilities until the 2022 World Cup, noting that a third phase of the airport is still under construction as well as an airport city that will include a railway station, a market and a terminal.
HIA’s current capacity is 30 million passengers while it is planned to be 50 million with the view of another expansion of up to 70 million, Al Nuaimi said, noting that Doha International Airport was designed to accommodate nine million passengers but it was able to take 19 million.
The new airport will bring huge economic benefits to the country, he said, pointing to the prosperity of tourism and economy as potential outcomes as well.(END)