First Phase of New Qatar Airport to Open Next Year

12 October 2010 (Last Updated October 12th, 2010 18:30)

The first phase of New Doha International Airport (NDIA) in Qatar will open in 2011. The NDIA, being built at a cost of $14.5bn over 22 million-square-metre site, is the world's first airport designed to handle large A380s. The initial capacity of the airport will be 24 millio

The first phase of New Doha International Airport (NDIA) in Qatar will open in 2011.

The NDIA, being built at a cost of $14.5bn over 22 million-square-metre site, is the world's first airport designed to handle large A380s.

The initial capacity of the airport will be 24 million passengers a year, which will be doubled to around 50 million when it is fully functional in 2015, according to gulf-times.com.

The completed sections of the NDIA include two runways measuring 4,850m and 4,250m, a 219,000m² three-story terminal and a cargo facility with a capacity of 750,000t per year.

The first phase will also feature a free trade zone and business park, Qatar Airways headquarters building, 25,000m² of retail space and a suspended monorail to transport passengers through the terminal.