Hamad International Airport (HIA) has unveiled
details of its second expansion phase which will feature a 10,000
sqm indoor tropical garden in a central concourse as well as a 268
sqm water feature which will be the focal point of the expansion
The second phase of HIA's expansion consists of
Phase A and B.
Phase A of the current expansion will comprise of
the central concourse linking concourses D and E. Construction is
to commence by early 2020 and will increase the airport's capacity
to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022.
which will be completed after 2022, will extend concourses D and E
to further enhance the airport's capacity to more than 60 million
The expansion plan also includes 11,720 sqm of
landscaped retail and F&B space, which will house an
art collection and lush greenery with
leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal.
HIA will also offer 9,000 sqm of Al Mourjan lounge
which will include additional spas, gymnasiums, restaurants and
business centres as well as other passenger facilities.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,
Akbar Al Baker, said, "The expansion of Hamad
International Airport is a vital part of the future success of the
Qatar Airways Group, and of course of the country's preparations
to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and beyond. It is also a strong sign
that Qatar's economy is robust and acts as a further economic
stimulus, providing excellent opportunities for local and
The terminal building is expected to be the
first airport in the MENA region to achieve a 4-star Global
Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) rating. The terminal will
also be a LEED Silver certified building.
A new cargo terminal, that will increase capacity handled to an
estimated 3.2 million tons per year, is also part of the expansion
plans. The state-of-the-art terminal
is slated to be ready by 2023 and will be a multi-level facility
with 85,000 sqm building footprint, across three levels as well as
three mezzanine levels providing approximately 323,000 sqm of
gross floor area.
Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating
Officer at HIA, said, "The expansion will continue to redefine the
airport experience, cementing HIA's reputation as a destination
gateway and critical international hub. Our expansion has been
designed to seamlessly integrate with the existing terminal,
allowing smooth passenger flow and improving the overall passenger
experience by minimizing travel distances for connections and
providing clarity and intuitive wayfinding. Our ultimate aim at
HIAis to become a destination in our own right, not just a