Qatar's Prime Minister has given the approval for the launch of the second phase of airport expansion by Hamad International Airport's steering committee.
The design contract will be awarded by the fourth quarter of 2015, by which the design works will be completed and the budget for the second phase will be decided.
Qatar Civil Aviation Authority chairman Abdul Azeez al-Noaimi also announced on Sunday that the third phase would see an investment of approximately $3bn.
Once the third phase expansion is completed, the airport will become equipped to handle about 53 million passengers a year, against the current capacity of 30 million.
Discussions about the second phase were held at a meeting of the prime minister at the Emiri Diwan with a number of cabinet members, which had been organised to discuss proposed solutions and decisions in the field of public transport in line with the directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
The prime minister stressed on the need for ministers to meet the dates of execution and delivery plans of projects related to development and economic improvement.
He also said that there was a need for better coordination between the ministry of transport and the ministry of municipality and urban planning to conclude the land allocation project, in order to ensure the success of public transport plan and projects in the shortest time possible.