Doha International Airport (DIA) is preparing to
open its brand new Doha Arrivals terminal as the country’s only
international airport expands to receive an increasing number of
visitors to the State of Qatar.
The new Doha Arrivals terminal is a separate
stand-alone facility to DIA’s current Main terminal and will
handle all airport passengers arriving into the country.
Residents in Qatar will be familiar with the
location of the Doha Arrivals terminal as the site of the
temporary terminal erected for the Doha Asian Games in 2006,
across the road from Qatar Airways’ Premium Sales office. The new
facility is situated on C-Ring Road between VIP roundabout and Ras
Aboud flyover and is designed to greatly enhance the arrival
experience for people entering Qatar.
The Doha Arrivals
terminal forms part of a multi-million dollar DIA re-development
plan that will enable the airport to continue its efficient operation as it prepares for the opening of the New Doha
International Airport, scheduled for 2012.
Features of the
new Doha Arrivals terminal include an increased number of baggage
belts, more immigration counters, Duty Free retail shopping, bus
and taxi stands, and an enlarged meet and greet waiting area for
those receiving passengers at the airport.
shuttle buses will provide passengers who have parked their
vehicles at the Main Terminal – which will be renamed the Departure and Transfer terminal – with transport from the Doha
Arrivals terminal on their return.
Soon after the new Doha
Arrivals terminal becomes operational, work will begin on
reconfiguring the existing arrivals terminal into an expanded
Departure and Transfer terminal which will accommodate increasing
passenger flows. The additional work will take several months to
Doha International Airport is managed and
operated by Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al
Baker said the changes were aimed at enhancing customer experience
ahead of the opening of the New Doha International Airport.
“Over the next few days, Doha International Airport and Qatar
Airways will be providing more information on the new facilities
to ensure passengers are fully aware of the significant changes
taking place,” said Al Baker. “It was imperative for the
continued development of Qatar that the existing airport
infrastructure was expanded. The new Doha Arrivals terminal is the
latest step in the infrastructure improvements to handle the
influx of passengers through the airport ... We are eagerly
awaiting the opening of the New Doha International Airport in
2012, which will provide an even better facility for the people of
Qatar and for international travellers flying on Qatar Airways and
Qatar’s only international airport has
received several upgrades since November 2006 when
exclusive Premium Terminal for First and Business Class passengers
opened, and has subsequently seen the expansion of the airport’s
Eastern Apron, including increased aircraft parking space, a dual
carriageway perimeter road to the Main terminal, and the
establishment of a new Satellite Transfer terminal.
2008, the main airport terminal was also upgraded with extra
boarding gates added to accommodate the increased number of
flights departing from Doha.
Last year, the Premium Terminal was
extended to provide additional space for the growth of the number
of First and Business Class passengers flying with Qatar Airways.
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