Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar’s gateway to the world, has served a record 8.4 million passengers during the third quarter of 2015, representing a 23% increase from the number of passengers who travelled through its terminal during the same period in 2014.
In detail, HIA saw 8,405,831 passengers pass through its gates during the third quarter of 2015, with 2,701,958 passengers departing, arriving and transiting in July. In the month of August, a record of 3,025,641 passengers travelled through HIA which is an unsurpassed figure for a single month, both at HIA as well as its previous hub, Doha International Airport. The month of September saw 2,678,232 passenger movements. The same period in 2014 saw 6,837,454 passengers travelling through HIA, including 2,160,843 passengers in July; 2,475,340 in August; and 2,201,271 in September.
HIA also saw a significant increase in aircraft movements in the third quarter of 2015 with 55,186 movements, which represents a 19% increase in aircraft take-offs and landings at the airport, compared to 46,405 movements during the same period last year. The month of July recorded 18,222 aircraft movements whereas the month of August recorded a new record of 18,660 aircraft movements, followed by the month of September with 18,304 aircraft movements.
Cargo tonnage totalled 242,513 tonnes in the third quarter of 2015 with 79,408 tonnes of cargo handled in the month of July, 80,766 tonnes in August and 82,338 tonnes of cargo handled in September of 2015.
Commenting on the airport’s record-breaking figures, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at Hamad International Airport, said: “We partially owe this phenomenal increase in our operations to the increased frequency of several of our patron airlines’ weekly flights from Hamad International Airport, and we have also had several new airlines commence operations at HIA. This increase is also a testament to the continued rapid growth of Qatar Airways, Qatar’s national carrier.”