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10 things to know about Qatar’s upcoming Hamad International Airport

The 29km airport will include a multi-concourse terminal 1 due to open soon. There is also an Emiri terminal and several other facilities. Continue Reading →

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Al Baker: Some airlines to start flying out of new airport on April 1

April 1 is the new tentative opening date for some airlines to start operating out of the Hamad International Airport, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has said. Formerly known as the New Doha International Airport, the opening of the complex has been delayed for years, Al Baker blaming the latest postponement from a Dec. 12, 2012 launch on the fact that a contractor failed to deliver lounges on time. Qatar Airways, which is managing the $15.5 billion project, is currently locked in a legal battle with Lindner Depa over the delays. Meanwhile, a new company is now “working full blast” on the fit-out lounges, but only airlines that won’t require lounge access will open in April, Al Baker said on the sidelines for the World GTL Congress yesterday, citing the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority chairman. Continue Reading →

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PHOTOS: A fresh look inside the New Doha International Airport
A Doha News reader shared a bunch of photos with us of the delayed New Doha International Airport. Soon to be renamed Hamad International Airport, the $15.5bn project was previously scheduled to launch on December 12, 2012. A summer 2013 opening is now being predicted, although much of the new airport – as per the photos above – is already looking pretty done. Qatar Airways, meanwhile is locked into a legal battle with one of the firms it claims caused the airport delays. Editor’s note: Three photos of the Emiri terminal have been removed from this gallery at the request of the Airport staff, due to security reasons. Continue Reading →

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Qatar Airways files $600 million lawsuit against interior design company over airport delays

Qatar Airways has filed a $600 million lawsuit against a German/Emirati company that it says is responsible for the latest round of delays hindering the opening of the New Doha International Airport. 
Lindner Depa Interiors failed to complete the $245 million construction of 19 airport lounges this summer, “seriously affecting the airline’s expansion plans, causing huge revenue losses, increased construction costs and delay penalties, and more importantly, inconveniencing passengers,” QNA reports. The $15.5 billion NDIA, which was supposed to open two weeks ago on Dec. 12, 2012, has already been delayed by three years, in part due to QR’s aggressive growth. In August, the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker, who is in charge of the development of the airport, announced that the opening of the NDIA would be delayed again, until the second half of 2013. 
He attributed the new delay to the parting of ways between QR and one of the project’s key contractors, which was later identified as Lindner Depa. The Dubai-based company was not immediately available for comment. Continue Reading →

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Qatar to resume development of world’s second-largest tower after years of delays

The Qatari Diar plans to resume development of the Doha Convention Center and Tower next month after two years of delays, most recently due to concerns that the 112-story structure would disrupt airplane traffic from the new Doha International Airport. Construction on the Dafna-based project was supposed to wait until after the airport opened next month, but that has also been delayed, with passenger traffic not expected to begin until next year. 

Meanwhile, the Diar’s Lusail Real Estate Development Company has decided to move forward with the $1.5 billion project by inviting pre-qualification bids until Dec. 11, TradeArabia reports. But that appears to be a tiny step forward, as actual bids from contractors, etc. for the 550-meter structure, slated to be the world’s second-largest tower, will not be taken until a later date. Continue Reading →

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Report: New Doha International Airport opening to be delayed until mid-2013

The opening of the New Doha International Airport to passenger traffic has officially been delayed until the the second half of next year, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told the Moodie Report in a recent interview. This is in direct contrast to comments he made in an interview with CNN’s Richard Quest, recorded in December 2011 and broadcast in January this year. “I will keep my fingers crossed to have it open by the 12th of December 2012″, he said. And later in the interview:

“His Highness has a very clear vision – and a lot of a**es will be kicked to achieve that.”

Sources close to the project had already indicated to Doha News that a delay in the airport’s opening was likely. 
The airport will still open some facilities, including cargo, the VIP terminal and QA’s maintenance base as planned on Dec. 12 of this year (12/12/12), the Moodie Report states. Continue Reading →

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Qatar to spend an extra $2bn on New Doha International Airport

Qatar to spend an extra $2bn on New Doha International AirportQatar Airways CEO Akbar al Baker says the “ultimate phase” of Doha’s new airport will cost “another $2 billion over the $15.5 billion” already being on spent on the project, in part to accomodate his airline’s aggressive growth, Reuters reports. Earlier estimates had set the grand total for the three-phase project at $14.5 billion before the airport plans were revised to handle more passengers. Phase one of the airport is due to be completed later this year, before its initial opening on December 12. Phase two and three are expected to be completed by 2015, although it wouldn’t be fully operational until 2018. Continue Reading →

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Mohammed Al-Jufairi (@Halawala) shared this picture with us on Twitter last night, with the message: 

New #Doha Airport in #Qatar opening 12/12/12! The countdown has begun. 322 days left

Glad to see a date and time finally set! The opening of the ambitious new airport has already been delayed three years, reportedly because the initial plans would not have be able to cope with Qatar Airways’ rapid growth. Phase One of the airport would be able to handle some 24 million passengers a year, with that capacity expected to more than double by the time the airport is fully operational in 2018. 
Here’s what the airport is expected to look like:
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