Qatar Airways, other carriers move to new airport today

 27 May 2014 - 4:28

DOHA: Qatar Airways is all set to move and commence flight operations from Hamad International Airport at 9am today. 
This will enable Qatar Airways’ passengers to experience the facilities at the world’s newest international gateway.
The move will mean that as of 9am, all commercial passenger airlines operating into Qatar will be arriving and departing from Hamad International Airport.
“The move of our entire operations to HIA is a momentous occasion for Qatar Airways, and one that we have been preparing for extensively for a long time,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker. “Our move to HIA heralds a new beginning for Qatar Airways, as we will now be based in a world-class hub that has been entirely designed to meet the needs and expectations of even the most discerning passengers.
“With the capacity to handle 8,700 customers per hour, HIA will provide a seamless, hassle-free experience to our passengers, from check-in to passport control and boarding. Qatar Airways passengers will be thrilled to enjoy the comfort and functional design of the new airport, along with the exceptional shopping and dining choices it offers.”
The HIA Passenger Terminal Complex will house a total of 138 check-in counters across five islands, including 108 counters for Qatar Airways Economy passengers and all other airlines, 16 counters for Qatar Airways Business Class travellers and 14 seated check-in counters for Qatar Airways First Class 
The Peninsula