Recent statistics reported by Hamad International Airport (HIA) reveal that the airport has served 8.4 million passengers during third quarter of 2015, representing a 23% increase from 2014.
HIA saw 8,405,831 passengers pass through its gates during third quarter of 2015, with 2,701,958 passengers departing, arriving and transiting in July. In August, a record of 3,025,641 passengers travelled through HIA. The month of September saw 2,678,232 passenger movements. The same period in 2014 saw 6,837,454 passengers travelling through HIA, including 2,160,843 passengers in July; 2,475,340 in August; and 2,201,271 in September.
The airport also witnessed significant increase in aircraft movements in third quarter of 2015 with 55,186 movements, which represents a 19% increase in aircraft take-offs and landings, compared to 46,405 movements during the same period last year. The month of July recorded 18,222 aircraft movements whereas the month of August recorded a new record of 18,660 aircraft movements, followed by the month of September with 18,304 aircraft movements.
Engr Badr Mohammed Al Meer, chief operating officer at Hamad International Airport, said: “We partially owe this phenomenal increase in our operations to increased frequency of several of our patron airlines’ weekly flights from Hamad International Airport. We have also had several new airlines commence operations at HIA.”