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DOHA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PREPARES FOR INCREASED TRAFFIC

Passengers Advised To Check-In Four Hours Prior To Departure During Summer Holiday Rush

12 Jun 2013

Doha, QATAR – Due to increased passenger traffic at Doha International Airport (DIA) during the upcoming summer holidays, passengers travelling at peak times of the day are advised to arrive at the airport at least four hours before their flight to avoid unnecessary delays.

With schools already beginning to break up for the summer holidays, the airport anticipates a very busy travel period over the next few weeks.

Passengers flying with Qatar Airways will depart from Terminal A. Those flying with one of over 25 international airlines will depart from Terminal B.

The peak times for Terminal A are as follows: 

Morning:  0500 – 0900 hrs
Afternoon:  1800 – 2030 hrs
Evening:  2230 – 0130 hrs

The peak times for Terminal B are as follows:

Morning:  0700 – 0930 hrs
Afternoon:  1600 – 1800 hrs
Evening:  1900 – 2300 hrs

Doha International Airport will have additional staff in the departures and arrival terminals and open more check-in counters to reduce queues, ensuring passengers continue to enjoy a pleasant experience at the airport.

To help reduce traffic congestion and delays for passengers in front of the departures and arrival terminals, it is advisable for well-wishers to park in the short term car park.

Passengers are also encouraged to use the web check-in facility provided by Qatar Airways and most other airlines before departing for the airport.  The web check-in service enables passengers to check-in between 24 and 48 hours prior to their scheduled flight departure time depending on the airline. Check-in can be done at home, office or anywhere through their mobile devices.

Passengers can also print their boarding passes before arriving at DIA to reduce their check-in time upon arrival.

There are three airport lounges for passengers to use at DIA. Two lounges are for Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club frequent flyer members and the Oryx lounge is for passengers travelling First or Business Class with any airline. Entrance to the Oryx lounge is also available to Economy Class passengers at a charge of QR140 per person.

In 2012, passenger figures grew at a rate of 16.87% compared with 15.16% in 2011. DIA catered to more than 21 million passengers during 2012 and the number of passengers passing through DIA is expected to grow significantly in 2013.

Notes to Editors

Doha International Airport, which currently handles more than 21.1 million passengers a year, has undergone a dramatic change over the past three years, virtually doubling in size to cope with the huge demand for air travel to and from Qatar, spearheaded by the huge infrastructure improvements taking place in the country.

Hamad International Airport is the world’s newest aviation hub, a world-class facility that is set to exceed expectations and redefine the passenger and transit experience. Hamad International is due to open as Qatar’s new airport during the last quarter of 2013.

Positioned at the edge of the Arabian Gulf, Hamad International Airport’s tranquil waterside setting provides a perfect backdrop for its stylish architectural elements, underpinned by advanced airport systems. Featuring two runways, among the longest in the world, a state-of-the-art air traffic control tower, a stunning passenger terminal with a design capacity of 28 million passengers per year, over 28,000 square metres of retail and food & beverage facilities and a uniquely shaped public mosque, these are some key aspects of the modern airport complex.  For more information about Doha International Airport or Hamad International Airport, please visit www.dohaairport.com