Qatar’s Hamad International Airport sees 41% passenger surge

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport sees 41% passenger surge

Aircraft movement also grew by 28%, with 169,909 aircraft taking off and landing at HIA

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has witnessed a significant increase in the number of passengers in 2021 compared to 2020, with a total of 17.70 million passengers served. 

HIA’s expansion, currently in Phase A, is set to increase its capacity to more than 58 million passengers annually by 2022

Phase B, which will commence after the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, will increase HIA’s capacity to more than 60 million passengers. 

HIA currently serves a total of 156 destinations, with eight new passenger destinations and one new airline partner, RwandaAir, added to HIA’s network in 2021.

The airport’s ongoing expansion allows passenger flow to connect with the existing terminal. Passengers will be welcomed with an efficient airport experience, including a minimised transit distance for connections and intuitive ‘wayfinding’.

HIA has further reduced the stress of travelling with the addition of a rainforest installation and garden as part of its expanded terminal

In 2021, HIA was ranked first by Skytrax World Airport Awards. HIA’s consistency in remaining at the forefront of the industry, and in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, also led to the airport’s recognition for the ‘Best Airport Staff in the Middle East’ and ‘Covid-19 Airport Excellence’.


HIA COO Badr Mohammed Al Meer said: “While the global aviation industry witnessed another tumultuous year, HIA prevailed and continued to set new benchmarks and achievements; a reflection of the airport’s dedication to ensuring passenger and staff well-being. Qatar’s airport maintained stringent safety procedures to ensure a worry-free passenger experience, formed new partnerships to further HIA’s vision for sustainability and technological innovations, and expanded its lifestyle offerings for its passengers.

“As the Official Airport Partner of the fast-approaching FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, HIA is looking forward to creating new passenger experiences at the airport, while keeping their safety at the core of operations. Qatar’s airport realises the importance of the World Cup for incoming fans – many of who will fly across the world to witness the event. We are delighted to welcome them with the unparalleled experience they deserve.”

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