Qatar Hamad Airport to build cargo terminal to support Qatar Airways
QATAR's Hamad International Airport (HIA) south of Doha plans to construct a cargo terminal that will raise handling capacity to 3
QATAR's Hamad International Airport (HIA) south of Doha plans to construct a cargo terminal that will raise handling capacity to 3.2 million tons per annum, up from 1.4 million tons at present.
The terminal is expected to be completed by 2023 and will be a multilevel facility with an 85,000-square-metre building footprint across three levels, as well as three mezzanine levels providing 323,000 square metres of gross floor area.
Expansion of HIA is a core component of state-owned Qatar Airways Group's expansion plan, reported American Shipper.
HIA is Qatar's main commercial airport, handling 34.5 million passengers in 2018. It serves 40 airlines, including a significant number of major players, such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Ethiopian Airlines, Finnair, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa Oman Air and Turkish Airlines.
Qatar Airways Cargo serves 60 freighter destinations worldwide via the carrier's Doha hub and also delivers freight to 160 business and leisure destinations globally on 250 aircraft. The carrier's cargo revenue rose by 16.8 per cent, with cargo capacity expanding by 11.8 per cent during fiscal year 2018-19.
Qatar Airways took delivery of its 250th aircraft in March and has 300 aircraft on order (including options and letters of intent), valued at US$85 billion. Qatar Airways Cargo operates 24 freighter aircraft. In July, the airline signed a firm order for an additional five Boeing 777 freighters that will operate on long-haul routes to the Americas, Europe, the Far East, Asia and Africa.