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30 October 2023 Aviation News

HIA records 26.84% increase in passenger traffic

Hamad International Airport (HIA) maintained its outstanding performance during the third quarter of 2023, recording a 26.84 percent increase in passenger traffic compared to the same period last year.
Thisfollows the continued growth the airport has witnessed during this year, with a 44.5 percent increase in the first quarter and a 24 percent increase in the second quarter.
During the third quarter, Hamad International Airport received a total of 12,706,475 passengers, including 4,305,391 passengers in July, 4,398,427 passengers in August, and 4,002,657 passengers in September.
During the aforementioned period, the airport witnessed active air traffic, recording 67,285 aircraft movements, which represents a noticeable increase of 24.48 percent compared to the previous year.Aircraft movements at the airport were distributed during the third quarter as follows: 22,598 aircraft movements in July, 22,909 in August and 21,778 in September.
Cargo operations at Hamad International Airport also witnessed growth in the third quarter, with an increase of 3.38 percent to reach 590,724 tonnes of cargo.These numbers underscore the important role of the airport in the global logistics chain.The airport handled 194,268 tons of cargo in July, 195,773 tons in August and 200,683 tons in September.
Some of the busiest destinations that contributed to Hamad International Airport's success this quarter included Heathrow, Bangkok, Colombo, Cairo and Manila.The airport has also witnessed remarkable growth in other destinations, including Guangzhou and Hangzhou in China, Al-Qassim in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gatwick in the United Kingdom, and Denpasar Bali in Indonesia.
The award-winning airport's commitment to expansion is evident in the addition of new and returning destinations.Lyon and Toulouse in France are the latest additions to the extensive list of destinations.In addition, flights to Birmingham, Chengdu and Chongqing have been resumed.
The airport also maintained successful airline partnerships inthe third quarterwith a total of 38 operating airlines.This enhances the global reach of Hamad International Airport and enhances its leading position in the aviation industry. – Qatar Tribune