Hamad reveals plans to cater for 60 million passengers

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Hamad International Airport in Qatar has revealed plans for its second expansion phase.

The second phase consists of Phase A and B. Phase A of the current expansion will consist of a central concourse linking concourses D and E. Construction is to commence by early 2020 and will increase the airport’s capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022. Phase B, which will be completed after 2022, will extend concourses D and E to further enhance the airport’s capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually. 

The plans also feature a spectacular 10,000m2 (107,640ft2) indoor tropical garden in a central concourse as well as a 268m2 (2,880ft2) water feature, which will be the focal point of the expansion project.

There are also plans for 11,720m2 (126,150ft2) of landscaped retail and F&B space, which will house a world-class art collection and other leisure attractions. The new 9,000m2 (96,875ft2) Al Mourjan lounge will include additional spas, gymnasiums, restaurants and business centers.

Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer at Hamad International, said, “The expansion will continue to redefine the airport experience, cementing the airport’s reputation as a destination gateway and critical international hub. 

“Our expansion has been designed to seamlessly integrate with the existing terminal, enabling smooth passenger flow and improving the overall passenger experience by minimizing travel distances for connections and providing clarity and intuitive wayfinding. Our ultimate aim is to become a destination in our own right, not just a gateway.”

The terminal building will be the first airport in the Middle East and North Africa to achieve a 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) rating. The terminal will also be a LEED Silver certified building.

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