LXLucien
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Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Sun Jan 29, 2006 9:29 pm

Hi all

I've heard about a new Doha Int. Airport.
It has a really great Terminal (like KIX ) and is located beside the Sea.

They said also something about 2008, will they start to build it or will it be finished then?

Thanks for infos!

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:10 pm

The present airport at DOH is a dump. It's small, crowded, badly organized and is a total disaster at peak hours. Given how busy it is getting and how much QR are growing the airport is at bursting point or very close to it. Last time I was there we had to wait for age to get onto our stand. Given the sheer quality of QR they really deserve a better home.

That said the airport is set to spend 2 billion USD over the next few years to accomodate this growth. As is prudent the expansion will be done in phases.

Phase 1


Phase 2


Phase 3


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More info can be found at their site

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:35 pm

The structure sort of looks like Chek Lap Kok.
 
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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:40 pm

Quoting YOWza (Reply 1):
The present airport at DOH is a dump. It's small, crowded, badly organized and is a total disaster at peak hours.

Not true, I was there in 2004 and it was just recently renovated. Sure it is small and is crowded at peak hours, but it is anything but a dump. However, they will need to make it bigger to handle all the new aircraft and passengers that they will bring. The bus ride isn't that bad to/from the planes, but the waiting rooms to board the buses are tiny.
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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:14 am

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 3):

Not true, I was there in 2004 and it was just recently renovated. Sure it is small and is crowded at peak hours, but it is anything but a dump. However, they will need to make it bigger to handle all the new aircraft and passengers that they will bring. The bus ride isn't that bad to/from the planes, but the waiting rooms to board the buses are tiny.

There is one (1) men's washroom in the entire departure hall. (Excluding lounges)
The customs staff are rude and unhelpful.
I once flew in from Sana'a and waited for 90 minutes in line to clear customs.
I also left Doha a day after a major sporting event ended in Qatar and it was absoulte carnage in the departure hall. No room to move at all.
Sure the place is clean but it is still a dump.

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:21 am

Quoting YOWza (Reply 4):
I also left Doha a day after a major sporting event ended in Qatar and it was absoulte carnage in the departure hall. No room to move at all.

Maybe that is why you had such a terrible time....  Yeah sure

Quoting Tifoso (Reply 2):
The structure sort of looks like Chek Lap Kok.

I agree... Looks like there will be plenty of room for their A380s.
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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:45 am

It's amazing how Doha aiport has changed over the years

1970's Doha


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Hopefuly the new airport will attract some more carriers to Doha  Smile

I'm hoping for these new routes in the next few years:
Lufthansa - FRA-DOH - A330-300/A340-300
British Airways LHR-DOH (DIRECT) - 777-200/767-300
Air France CDG-DOH - A319LR/A330-200
KLM AMS-DOH (DIRECT) - 767-300
Thai Airways BKK-DOH or BKK-DXH-DOH - A330-300
Singapore Airlines SIN-DOH or SIN-DXB-DOH - 777-200

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 5):
I agree... Looks like there will be plenty of room for their A380s.

Yea, will look great with those beasts at Doha Big grin

It will be a shame to have jetbridges as I enjoy the bus ride to the aircraft  Sad

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:57 am

Gosh, it is almost identical to CLK! (Until, that is, you take out your camera and then, the difference will probably become clear!)

Still, good to see them investing in their future.
 
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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:58 am

The 'curvy' roof of the new terminal looks a bit like the new T4 terminal at MAD! Looks very elegant and has lots of glass.

BTW, is the new facility adjacent to the existing terminal at DOH, or will it be in a completely new location? It appears a new runway is being added; is this corrrect?

When will the new facility be inaugurated? In 2009? Has construction of the new facility started?
 
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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:01 am

Quoting Pdpsol (Reply 8):
BTW, is the new facility adjacent to the existing terminal at DOH, or will it be in a completely new location? It appears a new runway is being added; is this corrrect?

If you notice on the first pic (of the new airport) in my post above, you will see the current airport and terminal facilities. The new airport is being built on reclaimed land from the sea on the same site as the current airport.

They began reclaiming land from the sea earlier this year  Smile

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:08 am

its amazing to see how so many whine/complain/ect about the Middle East and terrorism, yet places like DOH, AUH, DXB expand like mad.........

it will be incredible to see the Middle East aviation landscape in the next 5-10 years!!

whoops...edited for "AUH"

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:28 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 9):
They began reclaiming land from the sea earlier this year

Great; when will Phase I of the new facility be completed? In 2009, or later?
 
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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:33 am

Quoting Pdpsol (Reply 11):
Great; when will Phase I of the new facility be completed? In 2009, or later?

Sorry, when I meant earlier this year I meant late 2004, early 2005  Wink

NDIA is due to open in 2009, the first phase will be capable of handling over 12 million passengers a year!

The airport will fully open (all phases completed) in 2015  Smile

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:43 pm

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 5):
Maybe that is why you had such a terrible time.... Yeah sure

This was ANOTHER time. The departure hall is frequently a mess. I flew through DOH about 20 times last year so I like to think that enough chances to see it in a good light at least once.

It's not the worst airport by any means but QR deserve and will get a better home soon.

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RE: Doha's New Int. Airport, When Finished

Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:14 pm

Ah so 2009 it will be like on your first pic... great!

Thanks for helping!
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