Indicates DOH will not open now until mid-2013 a further six months later then the revised opening of December 2012. The issues appears to be based around ' the airport operator parting ways with a key contractor'.
Akbar Al Baker stated some elements will open on time however.
“However, some NDIA facilities will open around the end of this year, including cargo, the VIP Terminal and the maintenance base for Qatar Airways,” he said. “And we have already started the operational readiness programme - the ORAT [Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer] has begun.”
Will Al Baker remain CEO of DOH as well as QR, as he currently is? Is there any other airlines who shares their CEO with their Hub airport? One of the many unique elements of Middle-Eastern aviation.
zkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1060 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3023 times:
I would hate to have been in Akbar Al Baker (CEO of New Doha International Airport)'s shoes when Akbar Al Baker (CEO of Qatar Airlines) hears about this. Someone will be getting an earfull.
Quoting tonystan (Reply 4): I wouldnt be surprised if this is more to do with government legislation ensuring all new buildings are fully tested and certified following the Villaggio Mall fire earlier this year.
migair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1483 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
Quoting smi0006 (Thread starter): Is there any other airlines who shares their CEO with their Hub airport? One of the many unique elements of Middle-Eastern aviation.
Even better.... People´s Viennaline owner is the owner of the home base of the Airline St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport
Maybe this delay will help QR to have a more progessive and smooth transition to the new Terminal because now it´s not going to be all in one day but progressive, so less things to mess up during the first days.