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Doha New Airport Opening Date - Still On Track?  
User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2168 posts, RR: 13
Posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6638 times:

In this thread Doha - Airport Opening, Delayed Again. (by smi0006 Aug 31 2012 in Civil Aviation) it was mentioned that mid-December parts of the operations would be opened at the new Doha International Airport, among them the VIP terminal, cargo, and the QR maintenance operations.

Is that still the case? If it is, I assume that infrastructure like runways and tower must be operational as well (otherwise how are cargo and VIP planes going to take off and land there?)

I am aware that the new airport is very close to the current one - you can actually see it - but I would assume they still will be operated as two separate airports, no?

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User currently offlinemigair54 From Spain, joined Jun 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6267 times:

opening date was 12/12/12 so I don´t think they will be able to do, and I think they think we discuss about the new opening date will be delayed by 3 to 6 months.

As you said they will open parts of the terminal, actually the ones that don´t require much testing and where the mess can be much less if something fails....

Quoting Mozart (Thread starter):
I am aware that the new airport is very close to the current one - you can actually see it - but I would assume they still will be operated as two separate airports, no?

I don´t think so, but i think they will only operate in the new one and they will close progressively the old one.


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12981 posts, RR: 100
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6189 times:
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http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/15...wont-fail-like-berlin-brandenburg/

"Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, has stated categorically that the issues which have led to the ongoing delays at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport will not be repeated at Doha International Airport, despite the new facility missing its anticipated opening date this month."


So the answer is another delay.
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User currently offlineCityAirline From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 697 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5283 times:

Oh snap!
I'm flying in on March 6 and out again three days later and was really hoping to experience the new airport!
I don't really understand how the airport can handle more than 20 million passengers in its current state and layout. They need to get it opened as soon as possible!

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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12981 posts, RR: 100
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4807 times:
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Quoting CityAirline (Reply 3):
I don't really understand how the airport can handle more than 20 million passengers in its current state and layout. They need to get it opened as soon as possible!

  

Even more important the new DOH needs that 2nd runway to rationalize the hubbing into EK-like banks. IMHO required to fill the A380s. Note: I think QR is ready for the A380, I just think their connection times need adjustment to optimize RASM.

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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3226 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4766 times:

So *when* will it open?

User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5416 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4501 times:

Quoting skipness1E (Reply 5):
http://www.moodiereport.com/document.php?c_id=6&doc_id=32135

Quote:
The much-anticipated New Doha International Airport (NDIA) will open for passenger traffic in the second half of 2013, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has confirmed...



What the...?
User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12981 posts, RR: 100
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4134 times:
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Quoting JoeCanuck (Reply 6):
http://www.moodiereport.com/document.php?c_id=6&doc_id=32135

Is that an airport or a shopping mall?!? 90% of that article was on the retail opportunities. Ok, I accept there is profit there as LHR, DXB, and SIN have shown. But I'd like to read a bit of new stuff on the airside operations.   I'm apparently not the target market of that article.   

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User currently offlineJoeCanuck From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 5416 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 7):

Retail space seems to be the name of the game nowadays. At least the middle east airports actually offer duty free deals...LHR is crazy expensive to shop at...even for a sandwich.



What the...?
User currently offline3rdGen From Bahrain, joined Jul 2011, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

The only thing holding the airport up is the business and first class lounge, everything else is pretty much ready. Just like the current airport it is going to be separate from the facilities for economy and non QR pax, I am told that it is going to be the best in the world, I wouldn't doubt it.

User currently offlineEI564 From Ireland, joined May 2007, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 7):
Is that an airport or a shopping mall?!? 90% of that article was on the retail opportunities. Ok, I accept there is profit there as LHR, DXB, and SIN have shown. But I'd like to read a bit of new stuff on the airside operations. I'm apparently not the target market of that article.

Yes. The moodie report is all about retail and duty free news.


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