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New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:59 pm

The New Doha Airport named Hamad International Airport is scheduled to open April 1 (soft opening) to 10 airlines. They are:

1. Air Arabia
2. Fly Dubai
3. Ras Al Khaimah Airways
4. PIA
5. Biman Bangladesh
6. Nepal Airlines
7. Syrian Air
8. Air India Express
9. Yemenia
10. Iran Air

Approximately 32 flights a day will depart from the airport with 220 weekly flights. Only Concourse B (the Eastern wing) will open and the Eastern Runway will be fully operation. There will NOT be any proper duty free nor eateries as I came last week from the airport and nothing has been completed yet.

There are 10 gates in Concourse B (all with jet bridges). 2 of them are designed for the A380.

This is exciting as both airports will be operational until the end of the year when Qatar Airways transfers operations to Hamad Airport.

I created another thread last month, but its closed. So, time for a new one. http://www.gulf-times.com/qatar/178/...rlines-moving-to-new-hamad-airport
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Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:49 pm

why the low class carrier moving there first?
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:36 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
why the low class carrier moving there first?

I wouldn't call them low class carriers. My assumption QR negotiated with some airlines that will test the new airport capabilities and tune possible problems before the rest moves across the highway.

That brings up a question - how is QR going to move their planes? Just by landing the inbound planes at NDIA or are they going to move some planes on the ground? I haven't been to Qatar for over a year so I have no idea if they are preparing some connection. Those who travel on the new airport road - any idea?



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Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:47 am

Why not SV, KU, GF, RJ, ME, MS in there if not EK, EY, and WY?
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:49 am

Probably wont complain much. They can be good guinea pigs to work out the kinks.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 4:08 am

My first rough guess is this is 1mill pax/year. Nor a trivial number, but not huge either.

But what about eateries? Passengers will survive without duty free, but there needs to be some food available. At least coffee and some fast food?

Since all the initial airlines are LCCs, I imagine their landing fees were given a cut.

Now what I question is: Is this enough passengers and flights to pull some load off the old DOH? Since we're looking at only a 6% to 8% of the passengers in an airport growing faster than that.    The old airport will still operate far above design capacity. Heck, the new airport will 'fill up' quickly. I expect to see the follow on expansion happen fairly quickly.

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):

why the low class carrier moving there first?

No lounge access. Any carrier who provides lounges for their passengers will have to wait until they are completed.

Quoting 777way (Reply 3):

Why not SV, KU, GF, RJ, ME, MS in there if not EK, EY, and WY?

Many of those airlines provide lounge access. Per wikipedia, June is implied (but not actually stated) when the first lounges will be ready.

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Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:08 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
why the low class carrier moving there first?
Quoting gr09 (Reply 2):
I wouldn't call them low class carriers. My assumption QR negotiated with some airlines that will test the new airport capabilities and tune possible problems before the rest moves across the highway.

Well, these carriers won't have lounge access and duty free accesses.

Quoting 777way (Reply 3):
Why not SV, KU, GF, RJ, ME, MS in there if not EK, EY, and WY?

They require lounge access.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
They can be good guinea pigs to work out the kinks.

Indeed.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
My first rough guess is this is 1mill pax/year. Nor a trivial number, but not huge either.

Actually, this is the number I got as well.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
But what about eateries? Passengers will survive without duty free, but there needs to be some food available. At least coffee and some fast food?

When I went, there was NOTHING. However, I wouldn't rule out Costa Coffee since it is owned by Qatar Airways in Qatar. and perhaps a small confectionary store.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
Now what I question is: Is this enough passengers and flights to pull some load off the old DOH? Since we're looking at only a 6% to 8% of the passengers in an airport growing faster than that. The old airport will still operate far above design capacity. Heck, the new airport will 'fill up' quickly. I expect to see the follow on expansion happen fairly quickly.

I have done an analysis, and it turned out to be 7-8 percent from the old airport. Let's not forget Qatar Airways is in for a huge expansion this year with lots of new destinations plus cargo expansion.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:48 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
The New Doha Airport named Hamad International Airport is scheduled to open April 1

Will the new airport linked to the old airport by shuttle? How long will it take?

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 6):
They require lounge access.

But also Iran Air and PIA are offering Lounge access to their Homa-Class/Business Plus passengers, but not sure about Yemenia...
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:34 am

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):

Will the new airport linked to the old airport by shuttle? How long will it take?

Yes, they will link the two airports by shuttle. If they use the main roads, it will take 10-15 minutes depending on the traffic.

Quoting debonair (Reply 7):

But also Iran Air and PIA are offering Lounge access to their Homa-Class/Business Plus passengers, but not sure about Yemenia...

Iran Air flies a very small plane to secondary cities, and not Tehran. So, its probably some sort of LCC or something. They must've offered a free usuage of the facility though for them to be used.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:20 am

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
why the low class carrier moving there first?

I guess they've learnt from other big airport openings....there will be problems, so might as well send the "lesser" carriers to find out what those problems are. When the new PEK T3 opened, Sichuan Airline (and maybe Shandong Airlines) were the first users, not the much bigger and important Air China.

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 6):
They require lounge access.

Whilst they should be able to provide lounge access, it's not a limiting factor. There are plenty of airports around the world that cater for C class pax that have no lounge. E.g. Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria. BA customers in both of those get given a EUR 10 voucher at check in. I think OS/LH give their pax EUR 5.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:09 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 9):
I guess they've learnt from other big airport openings....there will be problems, so might as well send the "lesser" carriers to find out what those problems are. When the new PEK T3 opened, Sichuan Airline (and maybe Shandong Airlines) were the first users, not the much bigger and important Air China.
Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
why the low class carrier moving there first?

This is nothing to do with the carriers being low class or lesser in any way. In short, the carriers that have agreed to move are those that have the highest amount of pax originating or destined for Doha as a percentage. Simple as that. You will have noticed that none of these carriers are in an alliance thereby further reducing likelihood of onward travel through Doha. The LCC presence reinforces this.

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Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:58 pm

Sorry have done a search but not found anything. What will be the three letter IATA designation for the new airport? Will it revert to DOH when QR move in?
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:03 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):

1. Air Arabia
2. Fly Dubai
3. Ras Al Khaimah Airways
8. Air India Express


[quote=lightsaber,reply=5]
Since all the initial airlines are LCCs, I imagine their landing fees were given a cut.

Only these are LCC.
 
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:09 pm

As of now, the two airports appear completely disconnected from each other.

Would it make sense to build a connecting taxiway-- either temporary, to help ferrying planes and equipment during the eventual move; or even permanent, in which case the current airport's runway could serve as a third runway in the future.

Also, of the ten airlines listed above (and I agree with the above poster- with the exception of a few, most are certainly not low-cost carriers), I assume that most of the traffic would be O&D. But for persons who are transferring to another flight that uses the old airport, what would the procedure be?
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:11 pm

Also, incidentally, I noticed on google maps that even though the new runways look absolutely complete,
there are no "X" markings that usually accompany non-operational runways.
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:26 pm

The delay at the airport is because the Lounges are not ready. There is a case in court right now between the Doha Airport Authority and the company that was previously called in to set up the lounges. They were later kicked off the job, and a new company was brought in. As a result all the airlines that require lounge access will have to wait while those that do not will start flying there April 1.

Airlines that are not moving there:

QR
EK
EY
GF
UA
KLM
Oman Air
BA
9W
Egypt Air
Kuwait Airways
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Turkish
Royal Jordanian
...and more

Almost all of those with the exception of QR will not have many arriving or departing passengers that are connecting at Doha. It's purely about lounge access.

Quoting AT (Reply 14):

Also, incidentally, I noticed on google maps that even though the new runways look absolutely complete,
there are no "X" markings that usually accompany non-operational runways.

The runways have had X's on them for a long time. However, recently they have started to do test flights into the airports and in the recent past they've used the airport for other purposes (e.g. During the UN climate conference they used it to park the raft of VIP aircraft that flew into DOH), the images you are looking at were probably taken on one of those days. If you take a look at Bing Maps they have X's on them.

It should also be noted that quite shortly the airport will be expanded to the west (towards the old airport) and if you take a look at the Western Runway you can already see the beginnings of taxiways leading out toward that area. If QR reach the size that they have stated publicly then there will be a shortage of parking spots in no more than 2 years.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:00 pm

Quoting AT (Reply 14):



Also, incidentally, I noticed on google maps that even though the new runways look absolutely complete,
there are no "X" markings that usually accompany non-operational runways.

There are aircraft that land there every day for testing purposes. Last week I went into an A300 cargo in the new airport.

Quoting AT (Reply 13):
Also, of the ten airlines listed above (and I agree with the above poster- with the exception of a few, most are certainly not low-cost carriers), I assume that most of the traffic would be O&D. But for persons who are transferring to another flight that uses the old airport, what would the procedure be?

There will be shuttle busses between DOH and Hamad.

Quoting 3rdGen (Reply 15):



The delay at the airport is because the Lounges are not ready. There is a case in court right now between the Doha Airport Authority and the company that was previously called in to set up the lounges. They were later kicked off the job, and a new company was brought in. As a result all the airlines that require lounge access will have to wait while those that do not will start flying there April 1.

I truly dont blame the Lounges company. The airport has a lot of other things to complete other than the lounges. But, we'll see the verdict (maybe after some time) but well see.
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:11 pm

By the way, is it an entirely new airport or just an extension of the present DOH with new terminals and runways on the other opposite side ?
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:00 pm

Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 17):
By the way, is it an entirely new airport or just an extension of the present DOH with new terminals and runways on the other opposite side ?

A totally new airport. Its separated from DOH by a 2 kilometer stretch of desert to the East. Half of it is reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:30 pm

Whats the deal with the shape of the airport? I've seen a number of other airports (namely Hong Kong) that are built in exactly the same shape. Is it the same company that did both or have companies just decided that this is the most efficient design? There's also one in China that looks the same, can't remember which one though.

There's now a rendering on skyscraper city of the planned expansion to the west of the airport, first time I've seen a drawing: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=304873&page=62

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Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:05 pm

What will happen to the old airport? Will the land be kept for an eventual expansion of the new airport (third runway?), or will it be redeveloped for other purposes?
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:24 pm

Does the new-DOH (Hamad) airport operate under the DOH code with *very* offset runways or another 3 letter code?

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 6):
Let's not forget Qatar Airways is in for a huge expansion this year with lots of new destinations plus cargo expansion.

Agreed. What is QR's planned expansion rate? I expect the old DOH to be bursting at the seems at the end.

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Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:33 pm

Quoting 3rdGen (Reply 19):

Noticed this too, conpiracy theorists might have some funny takes on this related to symbolism and other bizzarre stuff.
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:39 pm

I think it's better for the travel industry intervenants and travelers to keep IATA code DOH as they did for MUC. As for the architecture, New Doha was constructed by Turkish TAV Construction. Maybe they have chosen that shape for functionality, and with regard to the available piece of land of course. They may also have been urged by any deadline to finish construction and hand the building operative on time !

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Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:17 pm

For those who haven't seen photos of Hamad, they're available below:

http://blog.racingwinds.com/2013/01/...elcome-to-dohas-brand-new-airport/
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:18 pm

What will happen to the old airport once the new one is fully complete? Will it shut down or complement it (at least the runway I think could be perfectly complementary, a bit far-spaced but no worse than the Polderbaan)

Quoting AT (Reply 13):
the current airport's runway could serve as a third runway in the future.

  
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:15 pm

Quoting 3rdGen (Reply 19):



Whats the deal with the shape of the airport? I've seen a number of other airports (namely Hong Kong) that are built in exactly the same shape. Is it the same company that did both or have companies just decided that this is the most efficient design? There's also one in China that looks the same, can't remember which one though.

It was designed by HOK architects who are also the designers for HKG. The shape is the most effient in airport design-- much better than some airports like KUL, where you have two terminals connected by an external train, or Dubai (one long piece of building).

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There's now a rendering on skyscraper city of the planned expansion to the west of the airport, first time I've seen a drawing: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...ge=62

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Quoting lightsaber (Reply 21):
What is QR's planned expansion rate? I expect the old DOH to be bursting at the seems at the end.

They plan to add like 10-12 places this year (including Chicago). Im not sure though about the rate as the 787 pretty much put a damper on things.
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:21 pm

Quoting QatarA340 (Thread starter):
The New Doha Airport named Hamad International Airport is scheduled to open April 1 (soft opening) to 10 airlines. They are:

1. Air Arabia
2. Fly Dubai
3. Ras Al Khaimah Airways
4. PIA
5. Biman Bangladesh
6. Nepal Airlines
7. Syrian Air
8. Air India Express
9. Yemenia
10. Iran Air

Isn't QR moving all its cargo ops to the new airport on April 1st as well?
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:22 pm

And what about Amiri? AFAIK their terminal is complete. Will they move their ops to the new airport ASAP as well. I'm sure their movements are not that frequent but will still relieve the current airport .
 
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Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:45 pm

From what I have heard both the current Doha airport and the new (Hamad) Doha airport will operate under the same DOH IATA code. The ATC tower at the current airport will direct traffic for both airports.
 
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:33 am

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 26):
What will happen to the old airport once the new one is fully complete? Will it shut down or complement it (at least the runway I think could be perfectly complementary, a bit far-spaced but no worse than the Polderbaan)

No the old airport will remain open for some time until the expansion at Hamad is complete. There isn't space at Hamad for a number of users at DOH such as Gulf Helicopters and the College. Eventually it will be demolished and there is a plan to build a mix of residential and commercial building in the area, the plans:

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Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:12 am

Quoting kevin (Reply 27):

Isn't QR moving all its cargo ops to the new airport on April 1st as well?

Cargo ops will move April 15 or so according to AAB.

Quoting kevin (Reply 28):
And what about Amiri? AFAIK their terminal is complete. Will they move their ops to the new airport ASAP as well. I'm sure their movements are not that frequent but will still relieve the current airport .

There is a big (and useless) Arab summit coming up at the end of the month--so I assume that they might try to open the Amiri terminal by then.

Quoting AABB777 (Reply 29):
From what I have heard both the current Doha airport and the new (Hamad) Doha airport will operate under the same DOH IATA code. The ATC tower at the current airport will direct traffic for both airports.

Can the ATC handle traffic from that far away? (5 km away?)
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:34 pm

Shaheen are not moving either also same class as the 10 who are shifting there.
 
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:00 pm

Quoting 777way (Reply 32):
Shaheen are not moving either also same class as the 10 who are shifting there.

Strange considering they are only flying 1 time per week to Peshawar. I always assumed they were LCC's.
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:12 pm

This is also a nice link, with lots of statistics, photos of Hamad International Airport:

http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/121...ccess_key=key-1wqqk8e6mpw0ctcrq0hy
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:26 pm

they dont have J anymore, but not sure if a true LCC.
 
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Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:14 am

Hamad airport’s cargo terminal to open in April

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Tripling the existing capacity, the new $1bn world-scale cargo terminal at the Hamad International Airport will be officially open on April 8, Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar al-Baker said yesterday.

The new complex, covering an area of 290,000 sq m, will handle 1.4mn tonnes of freight a year, al-Baker said on the sidelines of the seventh IATA World Cargo Symposium at the Sheraton.

The new cargo complex is made up of seven facilities, including some 42 airside loading docks, 32 landside loading docks, an air-conditioned warehouse, an automated storage system, a dedicated live animal centre and a cargo agents’ facility.

Of the 121-strong Qatar Airways fleet there are eight freighters, al-Baker said.

They will use the trucks to move stuff back and forth from DOH to the new DOH. That means it will open a week after passenger flights.
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Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:21 am

http://www.moodiereport.com/document.php?c_id=6&doc_id=34618

Nice article about the opening preparations. I wonder if FlyDubai or Air Arabia will increase their presense in DOH after the opening?
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Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:48 am

The New Airport Will Open in Less Than 15 HOURS!!! By The Way, for logistical reasons, the New Airport will be called Terminal 1 and the current airport will be called Terminal 2.
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Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:52 am

I hope QR will launch MIA soon since they joined Oneworld. I'm crossing my fingers!!   
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Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:04 am

hopefully QR will launch LAX this year!!!
 
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Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:13 am

cafe and stores available

http://moodiereport.com/document.php?c_id=6&doc_id=34618

Passengers wanting a beverage or snack before they fly will be able to visit the café located in Concourse B at the far end of level 1. Before boarding, they will also be able to visit the express duty free store to browse a wide range of products on offer or pick up any last-minute items. A newsagent will also be available for passengers to purchase magazines, books and newspapers.
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:12 am

Well, let's hope it will be a nice airport, since the 'old' DOH airport is a dump, bringing back the so called 5-star airline QR to just 1 or 2 stars. I had unpleasant connections there, rude ground staff on the apron and the transit buses, and these bus rides all around the runway just took too long.
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:04 pm

What happens to Qatar Airways' premium passengers? Today there is this wonderful Premium Terminal where there are never any waits at passport and security control, the lounges are fantastic and passengers are driven to their planes.

Will there be something similar in the new airport? Or will premium pax use the same passport and security lines?
 
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:07 pm

Three Hours Left for Opening. Remember its only a soft opening, the majority of the airport is still closed...

Hamad International Airport - ARRIVALS
http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/1663/arrivalterminalhia1apri.jpg

Hamad International Airport - DEPARTURES
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9976/departuresterminalhia1a.jpg

Source : [URL="http://acepilotkhan.tumblr.com/post/46744867974/hamad-international-airport-prepares-for-soft-opening"]Gazanfarulla Khan[/URL]
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:50 pm

Sudan airways and Iran Asseman are also not moving to Hamad.
 
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:46 pm

I've just read on another forum the opening has been postponed again...

Hamad International Airport fails to meet Civil Defense checks, delays opening...

http://dohanews.co/post/46781625965/...irport-fails-to-meet-civil-defense

I understand its the 1st of April but doesn't appear to be a joke...

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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:57 pm

Quoting EK413 (Reply 47):



I've just read on another forum the opening has been postponed again...

Hamad International Airport fails to meet Civil Defense checks, delays opening...

http://dohanews.co/post/46781625965/...irport-fails-to-meet-civil-defense

I understand its the 1st of April but doesn't appear to be a joke...

WHAT AN EMBARASSEMENT!!

I think people in Berlin better than God that their airport was not delayed 2 hours before the first flight-- AND THERE WERE PASSENGERS IN THE AIRPORT BY THE WAY!!
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RE: New Doha Airport (Hamad) To Open April 1 To 10 AL

Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:36 pm

I opened a separate discussion concerning the delayed opening...

Hamad Int Airport Fails Tests - Delays Opening! (by EK413 Mar 31 2013 in Civil Aviation)

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