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Hamad International Airport announces robust year-on-year growth in first half of 2017

Best Airport in the Middle East sees a significant 19 per cent increase in cargo handling and 8 per cent increase in passenger figures from January to June 2017. Qatar’s gateway to the world continues to prove that it is one of the fastest-growing hubs in the world.

DOHA, QATAR – Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s Five Star Airport has announced strong year-on-year growth in passenger numbers and cargo handling from January to June of 2017, making it its busiest six month period yet. 

The airport served 19 million passengers from January to June 2017, 8 per cent more than those served in the same period in the previous year. This includes departing, arriving and transfer passengers traveling through the airport. 

With 980,000 tonnes of cargo handled by the airport from January to June 2017, HIA’s  cargo operations grew an impressive 19 per cent compared to the same period in the previous year. 

Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said: “Our growing passenger figures and cargo operations are a testament to our resilient and sustainable airport operations. 

“Our promise of operational excellence is at the core of our business. HIA is a robust organisation backed by a committed and hardworking team. Together, we have promptly and successfully prioritised our passengers by offering them our Five Star services and a hassle-free travel experience,” Engr. Al Meer concluded. 

HIA has met a number of significant milestones in 2017 including being classified as a 5 Star Airport by Skytrax, making it one among only five other airports in the world to achieve this status. 

Earlier this year, it was ranked Sixth Best Airport in the World by the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards, moving up four places from 2016. HIA has also won the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ title for three years in a row and ‘Best Staff Service in the Middle East’ for two years in a row.

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