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Thursday, August 5, 2021

PHOTOS: Making the move from Qatar’s old airport to the new one

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One of the last flights to pass over West Bay before routes changed today to head to the new Hamad International Airport.
One of the last flights to pass over West Bay before routes changed today to head to the new Hamad International Airport.

Wondering how things looked at Qatar’s airports this morning? Here’s an explanation of how things went as several carriers moved from the Doha International Airport to the new Hamad International Airport.

And here’s what the shift looked like in pictures:

The parking lot at Doha International Airport's Departures terminal this morning was silent and empty.
The parking lot at Doha International Airport's Arrivals terminal this morning was silent and empty.

Signage instructs passengers how to get to Hamad International Airport.
Signage instructs passengers how to get to Hamad International Airport.

One of a few taxis that could be seen outside of the emptying Doha International Airport this morning.
One of a few taxis that could be seen outside of the emptying Doha International Airport this morning.

The Departures terminal at the Doha International Airport sat empty this morning.
The arrivals terminal at the Doha International Airport sat empty this morning.

After HIA officially opened before 10am, Doha International Airport cleared its flight information sign boards.
After HIA officially opened before 10am, Doha International Airport cleared its flight information sign boards.

The Coffee Beanery at the Arrivals terminal of the Doha International Airport was being completely dismantled today, as movers shifted furniture into large trucks.
The Coffee Beanery at the Arrivals terminal of the Doha International Airport was being completely dismantled today, as movers shifted furniture into large trucks.

Staff at DIA scrap old papers, luggage tags and other items before heading over to the new Hamad International Airport.
Staff at DIA scrap old papers, luggage tags and other items before heading over to the new Hamad International Airport.

Buses line up to take Doha International Airport staff to the new airport this morning.
Buses line up to take Doha International Airport staff to the new airport this morning.

A sign welcomes travelers to the new Hamad International Airport.
A sign welcomes travelers to the new Hamad International Airport.

Travelers begin streaming into the Hamad International Airport, which fully opened to passenger traffic this morning.
Travelers begin streaming into the Hamad International Airport, which fully opened to passenger traffic this morning.

A Qatar Airways staffer issues a boarding card for a traveler.
A Qatar Airways staffer issues a boarding card for a traveler.

Staff from the St. Regis Doha hotel greet new HIA passengers with water and teddy bears.
Staff from the St. Regis Doha hotel greet new HIA passengers with water and teddy bears.

Staffers prepare for passenger traffic, which was light this morning.
Staffers prepare for passenger traffic, which was light this morning.

Cabin crew and several other Qatar Airways staff are getting their first look at Hamad International Airport today.
Cabin crew and several other Qatar Airways staff are getting their first look at Hamad International Airport today.

This bookstore is one dozens of shops that are expected to open today to passengers.
This bookstore is one dozens of shops that are expected to open today to passengers.

How the Arrivals board looked when Hamad International Airport opened fully to passenger traffic this morning.
How the Arrivals board looked when Hamad International Airport opened fully to passenger traffic this morning.

Did you fly through DIA or HIA today? Thoughts?


For those who have never been to HIA before, here is a helpful guide to navigating the new airport.

And for those who are feeling nostalgic, here’s a list of what we’ll miss (and won’t miss) about Doha’s old airport.

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A_qtr
A_qtr
7 years ago

Look closely.. Tear drops ..

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
7 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

وايد حساس 🙂

Jimjam
Jimjam
7 years ago

The empty arrivals hall is somewhat eerie.

K Abdulghani
K Abdulghani
7 years ago

Why is her name “Allow Me”? Would fancy the real name…

Huzz
Huzz
7 years ago
Reply to  K Abdulghani

This is why women should cover up. No wait sorry, we are punishing the victim. 🙂

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
7 years ago

Does anyone know why the St.Regis staff were greeting arrivals at the new airport? Are they going to operate a new hotel at the airport in the future?

My comment
My comment
7 years ago

DD

My comment
My comment
7 years ago

Business lounge not ready, very long lines at food kiosks.

Alex Malouf
Alex Malouf
7 years ago
Reply to  My comment

It’s a shame that the business class lounges aren’t ready. This was a wonderful selling point at Doha International Airport. Big oversight by the planners.

zorro
zorro
7 years ago

Fresh news: Qatar Airways are not letting people on flights from Dubai to Doha if their GCC residency is valid less than 6 months.
It was 3 months previously and it seems that the move to the new airport has brought this un-announced change also.
Not great being turned away at departures in dubai by qatar airways staff.

momo
momo
7 years ago
Reply to  zorro

I travelled to Dubai a few months back and I was told that I need 6 months valid visa in Jan, and I got my visa renewed. So, No! It has got nothing to do with the move.

greylag
greylag
7 years ago

I departed from HIA for the first time night before last on KLM. I have to say I was most impressed. I have traveled all over the world, most of my life, and this was a good experience. Good of the operators to have lots of staff, greeters, ready to give directions or explain things. To all those doubters and nay sayers, I say forget it. The wait has been long, but well worth it, at first experience.

Elo
Elo
7 years ago

I flew out of the mew airport this morning and I can’t describe the experience as pleasant. I headed to the business class laines only to be greated by a very rude East European QR attendant (who was dressed in Black – which signifies a supervisor) who ordered me to go to the economy laines. Luckily a more pleasant South African attendant pleaded with me to ignore the rude gestures and spent nearly 30 mins processing my boarding pass!!! The experience with Immigration was much smoother and faster than the old airport. Getting proper info is another story. I asked at the information desk if there are lounges other than Oryx and I was informed no. I went to Oryx and I was informed to go QR’s dedicated lounges. I went to QR dedicated lounge inly to be met by another rude QR attendant (most likely a Morrocan or Tunisian guy) who ordered me to go back to Oryx. Luckily a more sensible attendant (after noticing I was very upset) corrected the matter, apologised and I was allowed into the lounge. The lounge it self was not ready. My flight was delayed by more than 30 mins for no apparent reason. On a positive note, I think that the new airport is most likely to be better than the old one. If I were Qr, I will most certainly invest more in staff training especially in relation to ettiqette and proper behaviour – especially in relation to their ground staff.

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