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Etihad Airways Shifts Qatar Operations To New Hamad International Airport

May 15, 2014 Airport No Comments Email Email

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that its four daily passenger flights between Doha and Abu Dhabi will operate from the Qatari capital’s new Hamad International Airport (HIA) from 14 May. Freighter operations to the new airport will commence from 18 May.

The airline’s first flight EY399 to the new airport departs Abu Dhabi International Airport on 14 May at 0240, and touches down at HIA an hour later. The return flight EY390 departs Doha on the same day at 0415 and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 0615.

All Etihad Airways ticketing and check-in, gates, baggage services and customer service operations will be working out of Terminal 1 from 14 May.

Captain Richard Hill, Etihad Airways’ Chief Operations Officer, said: “We believe moving our operations to the new state-of-the-art airport is a positive step which will offer our guests newer and more spacious facilities and enhance their travel experience flying in and out of Doha.”

Opened at the end of April, HIA is designed to handle 29 million passengers annually and has three times the capacity of the existing Doha International Airport.

An upgraded range of facilities and services have been introduced at the new 600,000 square metre passenger terminal, including larger check-in areas and newly designed retail and dining outlets. Upgrades to the baggage handling system and security areas have also been made.

The UAE flag carrier started operations between Abu Dhabi and Doha in 2006 and today, offers four daily flights between the capitals.

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