A press release was already sent out announcing the opening of the new state-of-the-art Doha Hamad International Airport in Qatar.
As it happened in Berlin Brandenburg, Doha is now also the victim of a last-minute cancellation of their opening due to safety issues.
A new date is not expected until the second half of this year.
The airport will still open some facilities, including cargo, the VIP terminal, and the Qatar Airways maintenance base. Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways (QA), and who is in charge of the development of the airport, attributed the new delay to the parting of ways between QA and one of the project’s key contractors as the cause.
He says: “We want a world-class facility. We will not compromise on quality. We will not compromise on standards. I think when you put everything together, there will be no other airport of such a high standard… including the high level of finishing and the high quality of materials that have been used.”
The New Doha International Airport’s (NDIA) opening has already been delayed by 3 years, in part due to the aggressive growth of Qatar Airways, which has increased the cost of the $15.5 billion structure by another $2 billion.
The State of Qatar was to write new chapter in the history of aviation as of today. Hamad International Airport in Doha was to receive passenger flights starting today. For the State, its people, and for the world, it should have been a historic moment marking the inauguration of the stunning new airport.
Instead H.E. Abdulaziz Al Noaimi, the Chairman of the NDIA Steering Committee has announced the delay of the inauguration of the Hamad International Airport to a future date that will be communicated shortly.
The Hamad International Airport is one of the world’s most technologically-advanced airports, purpose-built to serve the latest advancements in aviation and passenger needs of the 21st century. In its first phase, the airport will receive 10 passenger airlines that will take off and land on the eastern runway, one of the longest commercial runways in the world, measuring 4,850 meters.
In a statement issued late last night, Al Noaimi said that the delay of operations at Hamad International Airport has occurred due to the airport not meeting the newly-introduced safety and security requirements of the Civil Defense Department.
In this context, the NDIA Steering Committee commends the efforts of the Ministry of Interior represented by the Department of Civil Defense for their commitment to raising standards of safety and security in Qatar. Al Noaimi added that the Hamad International Airport project has been completed by a number of international contractors who have supervised the system readiness of the airport and have already issued international certificates in the domain of safety and security.