Qatar Airways has commenced operations at Hamad International airport, ending its presence at Doha International airport.
The flag carrier’s first commercial service at the new gateway was flight QR1113 from Bahrain, arriving at 09:10 local time on 27 May.
Following delays to the project, HIA’s soft-launch phase started on 30 April, when Flydubai inaugurated passenger operations with flight FZ015. Nineteen airlines had already switched to the new hub during a staggered transition prior to Qatar Airways’ move.
“Qatar Airways will be able to offer an exceptional passenger experience, as HIA has been designed with passengers foremost in mind,” says Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker.
“The airport will also be able to accommodate the world’s largest aircraft, such as our much-anticipated Qatar Airways Airbus A380 which will commence operations to the UK in June and France in July.”
The final commercial service to depart from Doha International airport was flight QR183 to Vienna.
HIA launches with an annual capacity of 30 million passengers, which will rise to 50 million once the gateway is completed.