Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar has
welcomed 120 million passengers since beginning
operations on 27 May 2014 and the end of 2017.
In 2017, HIA report an increase in cargo of 14.52%,
with a total of 1.9 million tonnes in handling.
recovered its passenger numbers with an average monthly increase
of 3.75% in the second half of year, after the initial drop in
volume in June 2017 due to the restrictions imposed on the
HIA has also been recognized for its punctuality,
scoring 85.41% on-time performance (OTP) in OAG’s 2017 Punctuality
HIA’s resilience is due to new strategic
partnerships and to a combined effort from the airport, its
national carrier, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority, who
have worked together to encourage and promote tourism and travel
While Qatar Airways accelerated its global expansion
with the launch of 10 new destinations in 2017, Qatar Tourism
Authority’s efforts to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80
countries makes Qatar one of the most open countries in the region.
Meanwhile, HIA also
welcomed several new airlines which started operations in Qatar in
2017 including Oman’s SalamAir, Kuwait’s Al Wataniya Airlines and
Jazeera Airways, Bangladesh’s Regent Airways and US Bangla, and
IndiGo, India’s largest and fastest growing low-cost carrier.
“HIA is a very resilient and busy airport with a
clear vision enabling operational excellence, a solid growth
strategy managed by a talented team committed to provide the best
travel experience, in addition to joining forces with a world
class airline. Its strategic geographical location at crossroads
of the Eastern and Western part of the world gives HIA a strong
competitive advantage,” said Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer,
Chief Operating Officer at HIA. “At HIA we aim to offer a safe and
seamless experience for our customers travelling through the
airport and will continue to put the passenger at the core of our
strategy and our investments.”
Sports and culture were one of the key
highlights of 2017. HIA strengthened its Platinum sponsorship of
German football team FC Bayern München, and partnered with Qatar
Museums to launch a series of exclusive guided tours of iconic
artworks by local and international artists displayed at HIA.
The year 2017 also marked the signature of two
major strategic partnerships building on HIA’s Smart Airport
Vision. HIA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Huawei,
aimed at enabling the airport’s digital transformation in May 2017
and with global IT provider SITA in order to jointly trial and
improve passenger processing solutions.
Last but not least, 2017 was a ‘green’ year for
the airport. HIA was rewarded for its environmental protection
strategy, by successfully reaching Level 3 ‘Optimisation’ status
in the Airports Council International (ACI) Airport Carbon