Getting to Qatar
Hamad International Airport
Opened in April 2014, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport is conveniently located just south of Doha city. Named Best Airport in the Middle East in the 2015 Skytrax awards, it can handle 8,700 passengers per hour and will gradually increase annual capacity from 30 million passengers to 50 million on final completion.
In 2017, HIA was ranked second in the Top 10 International Airports in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017 readers’ survey. Immigration formalities, baggage reclaim and other passenger services are designed to be ultra-efficient.
In addition to its role as Qatar Airways’ home base, HIA also serves more than 50 other international airlines. The taxi transfer time to the city centre is some 30 minutes.
The national carrier Qatar Airways has won numerous awards for quality and service. Qatar Airways was voted Airline of the Year in the Skytrax World Airline Award in 2011, 2012, 2015 and again in 2017. In 2016, the airline was named top in 3 categories – World’s Best Business Class, Best Business Class Airline Lounge and Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
Qatar Airways’ rapidly expanding network now covers more than 140 destinations worldwide, including most major cities throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and North and South America