Qatar Airways will continue to fly to and from Doha International Airport until 27 May 2014 at 9am, after which it will be flying to and from Hamad International Airport instead, the airline said in a travel alert.
"During this transition, some of the airport lounges are temporarily unavailable. We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused and would like to extend to you our unreserved apologies.
"If you are affected by this situation, please contact the Qatar Airways check in staff at your point of embarkation or the premium customer service desks at Hamad International Airport in Doha for alternative arrangements," stated the the airline.
Hamad International Airport features 137 counters plus 34 self-service check-in kiosks. High-speed security clearance has been built into the airport, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the buildings.
Hamad International Airport has been designed to specifically cater to A380 aircraft, with six contact gates designed especially for the superjumbo. In addition, the maintenance hangar at the new airport – which is the largest in the world – is able to accommodate two A380s simultaneously.
Qatar Airways recently announced that the first of its 13 A380 aircraft on order will commence operations on the QR003 and QR004 London-Heathrow route from 17 June. Its second A380 will be used to fly to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport from Doha from 3 July, on QR39 with the return flight on QR40.
|Source: Qatar Airways. A Qatar Airways A380 plane.|
Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways His Excellency Akbar Al Baker said: “Operating on the Doha to Paris Charles De Gaulle route, these aircraft, with their customised cabins and five-star specifications, will set a new level of comfort for our passengers, who will also benefit from the smooth and pleasant passenger experience at the world’s newest hub, Hamad International Airport - the soon to be home of Qatar Airways.”
The airline inaugurated a new route to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Turkey on May 22, and will soon be flying to Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28, 2014), Miami, US (June 10, 2014), Tokyo Haneda, Japan (June 18, 2014), Dallas/Fort Worth, US (July 1, 2014) and Djibouti (July 27, 2014).