As the official airport partner of the FIFA World Cup 2022 and the incumbent International Airport SKYTRAX 2022, Hamad International Airport (HIA) has seen a dramatic increase in the number of passengers, with 162 percent surgery compared to the same period in 2021.
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Hamad International Airport delivered 7.14 million passengers in the first half of 2022, with 2,163,086 passengers in January, 2,168,265 passengers in February, and 2,812,874 passengers in March 2022. Currently serving. HIA saw 48,680 aircraft movements in Q1, Qatar World Cup 2022, including takeoff and landing.
There were 16,239 flights in January, 15,121 movements in February, and 17,320 movements in March 2022. This equates to a 30 percent increase compared to the same period last year. HIA handled 585,448 tons of cargo in Q1 2022; 190,113 tons of goods were processed in January, 179,753 tons in February, and 215,581 tons in March 2022. HIA also added two new shipping facilities to its network.
In total, HIA had 36 aircraft partners during Q1, FIFA World Cup 2022. The 5 busiest destinations from HIA were Heathrow, Colombo, Kathmandu, Dubai, and Male. The Far East had the largest market share with 30.93 percent, followed by Europe with 25.20 percent, the Middle East with 16.71 percent, Africa with 12.66 percent, North America with 11.02 percent, Australia with 2.23 percent, South America at 1.22 percent, and Oceania and New Zealand by 0.01 percent.
Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer at HIA, said: Throughout 2021, the COVID-19 epidemic continued to have an impact on various tourism markets, affecting our airport. However, with HIA’s continued strategic planning, service efficiency, and investment in new technology strategies, we have seen a steady recovery of passenger traffic.
This has led to HIA ranked sixth in the world for international passengers by 2021, according to Airports Council International. This positive trend continued until the first half of this year when recovery increased to more than one and a half times from January-March 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. For more to know about Qatar World Cup tickets Click here.
The gradual reduction in travel limits has resulted in a significant recovery of the need for air travel, especially in traffic congestion. Regarding the 2022 traffic vision, COO Badr Al-Meer explained: We look forward to a busy summer season with many tourist attractions around the world.
However, the state of our industry is expected to continue to change and fluctuate by 2022. We look forward to next year when HIA will welcome fans from all over the world for the Qatar World Cup 2022. As preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 continue in Qatar, a wave of upcoming events, new hotels, resorts.
Beaches will be opened in the country promising hundreds of thousands of new visitors and visitors to the Hamad International Airport. The expansion of the airport, which is currently in Phase A, is expected to increase capacity to more than 58 million passengers this year and Phase B, which will start after 2022, FIFA World Cup in Qatar, will increase capacity to more than 60 million passengers.
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