Qatar's Hamad International Airport (HIA) handled
529,436 tonnes of cargo during the first quarter of 2020, a 4.7%
increase when compared to Q1 2019.
The airport handled 176,279 tonnes in January,
173,248 tonnes in February and 179,909 tonnes of cargo in March
This increase in cargo is partly attributed to
Qatar Airwaysí and HIAís continued efforts to provide freighter
services in response to the increased demand for essential goods
and medical supplies, locally and internationally.
The countryís national carrier, Qatar Airways continues to
operate a significant cargo schedule with approximately 175
freighter and belly-hold passenger flights per day.
past month the cargo operator has worked closely with governments
and NGOs to transport over 100,000 tonnes of medical and aid
supplies to impacted regions around the world on both scheduled
and charter services, the equivalent of roughly 1,000 fully loaded
Boeing 777 freighters.
Freight charters are being operated to
multiple countries including Australia, Belgium, China, France,
Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Poland, Spain, the
United Kingdom and USA.
Cargo set a new record last week, operating 78 freighter flights
and 69 freight-only passenger flights, a total of 147 dedicated
cargo flights in a day to support countries with relief aid amidst
the COVID19 crisis.
To ensure the well-being of passengers, HIA, in cooperation
with Qatarís Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), MATAR Management
and Qatar Airways, is also conducting entry screening of all
arriving passengers and crew terminating at Doha on 24/7 basis.
All terminating passengers (Qatari nationals) are being
quarantined for 14 days as per the World Health Organizationís guidelines.
There are also epidemiological
surveillance cameras across the terminal and an established
medical clinic at the airport, operated by MoPH on a 24/7 basis.