Doha International Airport

Doha International Airport
مطار الدوحة الدولي
DOH is located in Qatar
Location of airport in Qatar
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Qatar Civil Aviation Authority
Location Doha, Qatar Qatar
Hub for Qatar Airways
Elevation AMSL 35 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 25°15′40″N 051°33′54″E / 25.26111°N 51.56500°E / 25.26111; 51.56500
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 4,570 14,993 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 21,163,382
Cargo (tons) 844,532
Aircraft Movements 155,672
Economic & social impact (2012) $17.9 billion & 104.1 thousand[1]
Source: Civil Aviation Affairs[2]
Statistics from Doha Airport[3]

Doha International Airport (IATA: DOHICAO: OTBD) (Arabic: مطار الدوحة الدولي‎) is the only commercial airport in Qatar. It features 60 check-in counters, 42 parking bays for aircraft and 8 baggage claim belts.

The airport suffers from overutilization, even though the airport has been expanded numerous times. The current capacity stands at 12 million passengers per year.[4] Its 14,993 ft (4,570 m) runway is one of the longest at a civil airport. It is the main base of Qatar Airways. In the past, the airport was mostly used by Qatari holiday makers and foreign workers coming for the oil and gas sector. Now, the airport is attracting more people such as holiday makers and transit travelers. It is also growing as Qatar Airways is expanding more rapidly. As of 2010, it was the world's 27th busiest airport by cargo traffic. The control tower and ancillary buildings were designed by Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA of Fentress Architects.

The existing airport will be replaced in early 2014 when the first phase of Hamad International Airport is expected to open. The new airport is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi)from the current facility. It covers 2,200 hectares (5,400 acres) of land and will be able to handle 29 million passengers per year on opening day.[5]


The Duty-Free area
The gate area

Departure and Transfer Terminal

This is the main terminal at DOH and handles all economy class Qatar Airways flights as well as all other airlines using the airport. This terminal has been expanded several times in order to cope with the increasing number of passengers using the airport each year. The terminal has 44 satellite gates, as well as \seating areas and a large duty free area. There are 3 lounges in this terminal including the Oryx Lounge, which is used by all airlines premium passengers, The Qatar Airways Gold Lounge, which is used by Qatar Airways Gold Privilege Club members, and the Qatar Airways Silver lounge, used by Qatar Airways silver privilege club card holders. This terminal has been expanded as the old Arrivals Terminal has been integrated into the departures terminal, while a new arrival terminal has opened. All departing and transferring passengers use this facility, as passengers arriving into Doha use the new Arrivals Terminal. The Departure and Transfer Terminal has opened an additional 12 boarding located between the terminal and the Premium Terminal gates as well as a revamped Oryx lounge to cater for the increase in passenger numbers.[when?]

Terminal A

Terminal A of the Departure and Transfer Terminal is the check-in area used by the airport's biggest user, Qatar Airways, as well as Cathay Pacific, which operates a codeshare with Qatar Airways to Hong Kong under a strategic partnership agreement.[6]

Terminal B

The new 2,000-square-metre (22,000 sq ft) Terminal B, built on the location of the former arrivals terminal at Doha International Airport, is dedicated to more than 30 foreign airlines operating services from Doha. The new terminal includes an enlarged check-in area with 35 counters and a new baggage handling system as well as food outlets.

Arrival Terminal

The present Doha International Airport has opened a new Arrival Terminal located in the western apron in the site of the former Asian Games temporary terminal on December 19, 2010. The terminal has a capacity of handling 2770 passengers per hour. The 32,000-square-metre (340,000 sq ft) arrival terminal has replaced the arrival hall of the present Doha Airport terminal. The terminal has 22 immigration counters, eight e-gates, eight baggage carousels, 36 concierge desks for hotel transfers, car rental and other services as well as 746 parking spaces. The current arrival hall will be merged with the departing hall, adding extra valuable space and capacity to the airport. These changes are part of the multi-million dollar expansion of Doha Airport to cope with the increasing traffic of Qatar Airways and other airlines before the new Doha International Airport opens in 2014.[7]

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

The Qatar Airways Premium Terminal was opened in 2006 and handles all Qatar Airways first and business class passengers. There are 6 gates in this terminal.

Airlines and destinations

Also see Hamad International Airport

Ramp overview
Qatar Airways ground handling
Emirates at Doha
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Arabia Sharjah (ends 29 April 2014) B
Air India Express Kochi, Kozhikode, Mangalore, Mumbai (all end 29 April 2014) B
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet (all end 29 April 2014) B
British Airways Bahrain, London-Heathrow B
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong A
EgyptAir Cairo B
Emirates Dubai-International B
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi B
flydubai Dubai-International (ends 29 April 2014) B
Gulf Air Bahrain B
Iran Air Shiraz (ends 29 April 2014) B
Iran Aseman Airlines Bandar Abbas, Lamerd, Tehran-Imam Khomeini B
Jet Airways Cochin, Delhi, Mumbai B
KLM Amsterdam B
Kuwait Airways Kuwait B
Lufthansa Frankfurt B
Middle East Airlines Beirut B
Nepal Airlines Kathmandu (ends 29 April 2014) B
Oman Air Muscat B
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar (all end 29 April 2014) B
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (ends 29 April 2014) B
Qatar Airways Abu Dhabi, Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Algiers, Amman-Queen Alia, Amritsar, Angeles, Ankara, Athens, Baghdad, Bahrain, Baku, Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Basra, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Chongqing, Cochin, Colombo, Copenhagen, Dallas/Fort Worth (begins 1 July 2014),[8] Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Denpasar, Dhaka, Djibouti (begins 27 July 2014),[9] Dubai-International, Dubai-World Central, Edinburgh (begins 28 May 2014),[10] Entebbe, Erbil, Frankfurt, Gassim, Geneva, Goa, Guangzhou, Hangzhou,[11] Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Hofuf (begins 15 May 2014),[12] Houston-Intercontinental, Hyderabad, Islamabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen (begins 22 May 2014),[13] Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, Larnaca (begins 24 April 2014),[14] London-Heathrow, Luxor, Madinah, Madrid, Malé, Manchester, Manila, Maputo, Mashhad, Melbourne, Miami (begins 10 June 2014),[15] Milan-Malpensa, Mombasa, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Najaf, New York-JFK, Osaka-Kansai, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Peshawar, Philadelphia,[16] Phuket, Riyadh, Phnom Penh, Rome-Fiumicino, Salalah, Sana'a, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sharjah,[17] Shiraz, Singapore, Sofia , Stockholm-Arlanda, Sulaymaniah, Ta'if,[18] Tbilisi, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvanathapuram, Tokyo-Haneda (begins 18 June 2014),[19] Tokyo-Narita, Tunis, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Warsaw-Chopin, Washington-Dulles, Yangon, Zagreb, Zürich A
Royal Jordanian Airlines Amman-Queen Alia B
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh B
Sri Lankan Airlines Colombo B
Syrian Air Damascus (ends 29 April 2014) B
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk B
United Airlines Dubai-International, Washington-Dulles B
Yemenia Kuwait, Sana'a (all end 29 April 2014) B


All operations have moved to Hamad International Airport.[20]


Doha International Airport Departure Display Board
Doha international Airport Male mosque and Quiet zone

Since 1998, the number of passengers and total cargo load has significantly increased.

Statistics for Doha International Airport
Year Total Passengers Total Cargo (tons) Total Cargo (1000s lbs) Aircraft Movements
1998 2,100,000 86,854    
1999 2,300,000 62,591    
2002 4,406,304 90,879 200,351 77,402
2003[21] 5,245,364 118,406 261,037 42,130
2004[21] 7,079,540 160,088 352,930 51,830
2005[21] 9,377,003 207,988 458,530 59,671
2006[21] 11,954,030 262,061 577,739 103,724
2007[22] 9,459,812 252,935 557,626 65,373
2008[22] 12,272,505 414,872 914,636 90,713
2009[3] 13,113,224 528,906 1,166,038 101,941
2010[3] 15,724,027 707,831 1,560,498 118,751
2011 18,108,521 795,558 1,753,905 136,768

Accidents and incidents

See also


  1. ^ "Doha International airport - Economic and social impact". Ecquants. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "eAIP Bahrain FIR 07 MAR 2013." Civil Aviation Affairs. Effective date: 07 MAR 2013
  3. ^ a b c Doha International Airport - 2009/2010 Statistics
  4. ^ A-Z Group Ltd. "A-Z World Airports Online – Qatar airports – Doha International Airport (DOH/OTBD)". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Qatar Information Guide". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ []
  7. ^ "AQ01_22102009_C.indd" (PDF). Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Qatar Airways Announces Non-Stop Service to Dallas/Forth Worth" (Press release). Qatar Airways. December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ []
  10. ^ "Qatar Airways Announces New Route to Edinburgh" (Press release). Qatar Airways. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Qatar Airways Continues China Expansion With Flights to Hangzhou" (Press release). Qatar Airways. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  12. ^ Qatar Airways to launch seventh Saudi route next month
  13. ^ "QATAR AIRWAYS TO COMMENCE FOUR WEEKLY SERVICES TO ISTANBUL’S SABIHA GOKCEN AIRPORT" (Press release). Qatar Airways. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  14. ^ QR to serve Larnaca from April
  15. ^ "Qatar Airways: Miami will be next U.S. destination". USA Today. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Qatar Airways Prepares for Ethiopia Launch
  17. ^ []
  18. ^ []
  19. ^ "Tokyo's Haneda Airport named Qatar Airways third destination in Japan" (Press release). Qatar Airways. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  20. ^ Qatar Airways Cargo inaugurates new Doha Airport
  21. ^ a b c d A-Z World Airports Online – Country Index – Qatar airports – Doha International Airport (DOH/OTBD)
  22. ^ a b Doha International Airport - 2007/2008 Statistics

External links

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