Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced it will introduce a number of enhanced services at Doha International Airport within the new Doha Arrivals terminal which opens to passengers tomorrow (December 19).
The new Arrivals terminal, which at 13,500 square metres, is significantly larger than the airport’s existing arrivals area, will feature a dedicated Arrivals lounge for Qatar Airways’ First and Business Class passengers based on the airline’s award-winning Premium Terminal. The new lounge features all-day dining, business centre, showers and other amenities to allow the airline’s premium travellers to freshen up or prepare for important business meetings before exiting the airport.
Qatar Duty Free, a subsidiary of the airline group, will operate a retail outlet at the new terminal. The new store will provide a wide range of duty free shopping, including gifts, perfumes, cosmetics, toys and confectionary items prior to passengers collecting their baggage.
Also in the new terminal, Al Maha Services, which provides concierge assistance within the airport, will have its own dedicated lounge for passengers to relax in while their arrival formalities are completed.
Operationally, Qatar Airways will conduct the first flight into the new Doha Arrivals terminal, QR133 from Kuwait, which is scheduled to touchdown at Doha International Airport at 1130 hrs.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the stand-alone Arrivals terminal building will bring much-needed additional capacity to the country’s only international airport and will free up space in the existing airport terminal for further expansion.
“Qatar Airways’ growth in 2010 has been phenomenal and we expect to continue in this vein through 2011 and beyond. The new Doha Arrivals facility will greatly assist the airline’s expansion plans between now and the opening of New Doha International Airport in 2012,” he said.
“The new Doha Arrivals terminal is an important step in the rapid expansion of Qatar Airways and will serve a vital function for the State Of Qatar which is experiencing a massive surge in economic growth and influx of visitors.”
Al Baker’s comments were made at a press conference held at the new Doha Arrivals terminal. Media were invited to view the new facility on Qatar’s National Day, prior to the terminal becoming operational to passengers the following day.
“Qatar National Day is a special day of celebration, and today we are celebrating the continuing development of Qatar’s transportation infrastructure, which links the State Of Qatar with the entire international community,” added Al Baker.
Also as part of Qatar National Day celebrations, Qatar Airways is today offering a special 20 per cent price reduction promotion on all flights booked through the airline’s website www.qatarairways.com
With four passenger terminals in operation at Doha International Airport from tomorrow, the airline is introducing a colour-coded system to ensure travellers on Qatar Airways are directed to the correct terminal upon landing in Doha. Passengers travelling on Qatar Airways to and beyond Doha International Airport will receive special coloured baggage tags and boarding pass wallets upon checking in for their flight, which directs them to either the Departures & Transfers terminal, Doha Arrivals terminal, Premium Terminal, or the Satellite Transfers terminal.
Qatar Airways has experienced massive growth in 2010 – so far launching 10 new routes and inducting 18 new aircraft into its fleet, as well as spreading its network to six continents following the June launch of flights to Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires in South America.
Over the next four months, the airline’s growth focuses on Europe with four new destinations being introduced – Budapest (January 17), Bucharest (January 17), Brussels (January 31), and Stuttgart (March 6), before launching its 100th network point of the Syrian city of Aleppo on April 6.
The airline currently operates a modern fleet of 93 aircraft to 95 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America. The latest addition was the French Mediterranean city of Nice on November 24. By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of 120 aircraft averaging three years old.
Qatar Airways was recently voted as third best airline in the world following the annual Skytrax survey of 18 million international passengers. In the survey, the airline was also voted as having the best Business Class service and catering in the world, as well as being honoured as the Best Airline in The Middle East for the fifth consecutive year.
Qatar Airways also became the first airline to receive the Staff Service Excellence Award for the Middle East. The new award replaces the Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East category, which Qatar Airways has won for the past seven years. The expanded category now includes airline staff at all passenger touch points, including onboard, reservations, check-in and airport personnel.
Qatar Airways has orders for 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.
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