Hamad International in Doha getting ready for opening on April 01


Information received from sources at Qatar Airways confirms that the soft opening of the new international airport in Doha, Hamad International and to be known in airline circles as HIA, is still set for the 01st of April, when the first of 10 airlines will commence their move to the brand new mega facility.

Faithful fliers of Qatar Airways will need to be patient a little longer though as the world’s only Five Star airline is set to make that move by the end of the year, when in the space of a day all flight and ground operations will shift from the present terminal to the new one, ringing in what has been described as ‘a five star environment on the ground, unprecedented in comfort and facilities and pioneering new standards for the aviation industry’.

Presently trials are ongoing and will continue to make sure that all systems are showing green when on April 01 the airlines will start their move, and up to 2.500 more people will be taking part in these trial runs, following in the footsteps of over 1.000 who have already participated in the role play of checking in, connecting and arriving. All agencies working at the airport like immigration, customs, security and private sector, i.e. airline personnel and concessionaires, took part in the rehearsals to ensure full preparedness come April 01. No fools day in Doha for sure, so watch this space.