Doha International Airport

Doha International Airport
Doha International Airport
مطار الدوحة الدولي
DOH is located in Qatar
Location of airport in Qatar
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Qatar Civil Aviation Authority
Location Qatar Doha, Qatar
Hub for Qatar Airways
Elevation AMSL 35 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 25°15′40″N 051°33′54″E / 25.26111°N 51.565°E / 25.26111; 51.565
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 4,572 15,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 15,724,027
Cargo (tons) 707,831
Aircraft Movements 118,751
Source: DAFIF[1][2]
Statistics from Doha Airport[3]
DOH is the main hub for Qatar Airways

Doha International Airport (IATA: DOHICAO: OTBD) (Arabic: مطار الدوحة الدولي‎) is the only commercial airport in Qatar. It has three mosques, free Wi-Fi, a duty-free area, a few eateries and 42 parking bays for aircraft. There are also 60 check-in gates, 8 baggage claim belts and over 1,000 car parking spaces.

The airport suffers from overutilization even though the airport has been expanded numerous times. The current capacity stands at 12 million passengers per year.[4] Its 15,000 ft (4,600 m) runway is one of the longest at a civil airport. It is the main base of Qatar Airways. In the past, the airport was mostly used by Qatari holiday makers and foreign workers coming for the oil and gas sector. Now the airport is attracting more people such as holiday makers and transit travelers. It is also growing as Qatar Airways is expanding more rapidly. As of 2010, it was the world's 27th busiest airport by cargo traffic. The control tower and ancillary buildings were designed by Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA of Fentress Architects.

The existing airport will be replaced in late 2011 or early 2012 when the first phase of New Doha International Airport is expected to open.

The airport is currently ranked as a 3-star by Skytrax.[5]



Departure and Transfer Terminal

This is the main terminal at DOH and handles all economy class Qatar Airways flights as well as all other airlines using the airport. This terminal has been expanded several times in order to cope with the increasing number of passengers using the airport each year. The terminal has 44 satellite gates as well as spacious seating areas and a large duty free area. There are 3 lounges in this terminal including the Oryx Lounge, which is used by all airlines premium passengers, The Qatar Airways Gold Lounge which is used by Qatar Airways Gold Privilege Club members and the Qatar Airways Sliver lounge, used by Qatar Airways sliver privilege club card holders. This terminal is being expanded as the old Arrivals Terminal will soon be part of the departures terminal since a new arrivals terminal has opened. All departing and transferring passengers must use this facilties. Passengers arriving into Doha use the Arrivals Terminal.

The Departure and Transfer Terminal is set to open an additional 12 boarding located betweent the terminal and the Premium Terminal gates in the current months as well as a revamped Oryx lounge to cater for the increase in passenger numbers.

Terminal A (Qatar Airways)

Terminal A of the Departure and Transfer Terminal is the check-in area used exclusively by the airport's biggest user, Qatar Airways. It is the current check-in area of the departure terminal.

Terminal B (All Foreign Airlines)

The new 2,000sq m Terminal B, developed on the premises of the former arrivals terminal at Doha International Airport, will be dedicated to more than 30 foreign airlines operating services from Doha. They include Emirates, Flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Jet Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Turkish Airlines, SriLankan, British Airways, KLM / Air France, Royal Jordanian, Sudan Airways, Air Arabia, Middle East Airlines, Air India Express, Saudi Arabian, Yemen Airways, Shaheen Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Gulf Air, Nepal Airlines, Iran Air, Syrian Arab Airlines, Etihad Airways, Egyptair, Bahrain Air and Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Highlights of the new terminal include an enlarged check-in area with 35 counters, including an online check-in lounge, a dedicated customer service desk for oversized luggage, a currency exchange bureau, automated teller machines, a new high-tech baggage handling system and food and beverage outlets. “An enlarged 600sq m immigration hall with 10 counters and three e-gates will prevent long queues and ensure seamless and hassle-free passport clearance formalities,” an official said.

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

The Qatar Airways Premium Terminal was opened in 2006 and handles all Qatar Airways first and business class passengers. The terminal houses several five star facilities including a first class lounge, a business class lounge, a small medical center, a games room, several conference rooms, a spa and a duty free area. The terminal also has a spacious check in area. There are 6 gates in this terminal.

Arrival Terminal

The present Doha International Airport has opened a new Arrival Terminal located in the western apron in the site of the former Asian Games temporary terminal on December 19, 2010. The terminal has a capacity of handling 2770 passengers per hour and has opened on December 19, 2010, with the first flight being QR 133 from Kuwait which landed at 11:30 AM. The 32,000 square meter arrival terminal has replaced the arrival hall of the present Doha Airport terminal. The terminal has 22 immigration counters, eight e-gates, eight baggage carousels, 36 concierge desks for hotel transfers, car rental and other services as well as 746 parking spaces. The current arrival hall will be merged with the departing hall, adding extra valuable space and capacity to the airport. These changes are part of the multi-million dollar expansion of Doha Airport to cope with the increasing traffic of Qatar Airways and other airlines before the new Doha International Airport opens in 2011.[6]

Panoramic image from the main terminal towards the VIP lounges (left), and planes of Qatar Airways with the skyline of Doha in the background


The Duty-Free area
  • Doha International Airport has many world class facilities including an award winning Duty Free located in the Arrival and Departure Halls .
  • Other Facilities include a kids play area located in the Departure Hall and the Premium Terminal.


Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways First and Business class passengers can enjoy the Qatar Airways Premium Terminal.

  • First Class passengers have access to a spacious lounge with buffet dining plus a spa facility which includes a Jacuzzi, sleeping rooms and massage services.
  • Business Class passengers also have a spacious lounge with buffet dining services.
  • Other facilities include a game room, a business center, meeting rooms and a medical center. The premium terminal also features a Duty Free area with luxury shops.

Qatar Airways Gold Lounge

Privilege Club Gold members are welcome to enjoy the facilities in the Gold Lounge in the Main Terminal at Doha International Airport. This lounge includes a Business Center with free internet access, buffet dining services, newspapers and magazines, a smoking area, shower facilities and luggage storage.

Qatar Airways Silver Lounge

Privilege Club Silver members can enjoy the facilities of the Silver lounge in the Main Terminal at Doha International Airport. This lounge includes a Business Center with free internet access, buffet dining services, newspapers and magazines and shower facilities.

The Oryx Lounge

The Oryx Lounge for First and Business-class passengers

This lounge is a premium lounge that caters to Airlines’ First and Business Class passengers. It has a seating capacity of 164 passengers. Facilities at this lounge include business center, international fax facilities, a meeting room for 6 guests, Wi-Fi accessibility throughout the lounge, a nursery room, a cloak room, shower facilities, a smoking room and buffet dining.

Air traffic

Main airlines based at DOH

  • Qatar Airways is the largest airline operating at DOH. The airline has around 100 Airbus and Boeing aircraft based at this airport, with flights to over 100 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia. It operates from the main departures terminal and has an exclusive premium terminal for First and Business Class passengers.
  • Qatar Airways Cargo, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways is the main Cargo operator at DOH with a fleet of Airbus A300F's and B777-200F's operating scheduled all cargo services from its Doha Hub to over 25 major cargo destinations across the globe.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air India Express Mumbai, Mangalore, Kochi, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram
Bahrain Air Bahrain
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Chittagong, Dhaka, Dubai, Sylhet
British Airways Bahrain, London-Heathrow
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Flydubai Dubai
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iran Air Shiraz
Iran Aseman Airlines Lamerd, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Jet Airways Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai
Jordan Aviation Aqaba
KLM Amsterdam, Dammam
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Nas Air Asmara
Nepal Airlines Dubai, Kathmandu
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar
Qatar Airways Abu Dhabi, Ahmedabad, Aleppo, Alexandria-Borg El Arab, Algiers, Amman-Queen Alia, Amritsar, Ankara, Athens, Baku [begins 1 February], Bangalore, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Benghazi, Berlin-Tegel, Brussels, Bucharest-Henri Coandă, Budapest, Buenos Aires-Ezeiza, Cairo, Cape Town, Casablanca, Cebu, Chennai, Chongqing [begins 28 November] [7], Colombo, Copenhagen, Damascus, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dhaka, Dubai, Entebbe, Frankfurt, Geneva, Goa, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Hyderabad, Isfahan [begins 11 January], Islamabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Lahore, London-Heathrow, Luxor, Madinah, Madrid, Mahé, Malé, Manama, Manchester, Manila, Mashhad, Melbourne, Milan-Malpensa, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi, New York-JFK, Nice, Osaka-Kansai, Oslo-Gardermoen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Peshawar, Phuket, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Sana'a, São Paulo-Guarulhos, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Shiraz, Singapore, Sofia[8], Stockholm-Arlanda, Stuttgart, Tbilisi [begins 1 February], Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Thiruvananthapuram, Tripoli [resumes 26 March 2012], Tokyo-Narita, Tunis, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Washington-Dulles, Zürich
RAK Airways Ras Al Khaimah
Royal Jordanian Airlines Amman-Queen Alia
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah, Riyadh
Shaheen Air International Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar
Sri Lankan Airlines Colombo
Sudan Airways Dubai, Khartoum
Syrian Air Damascus
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Yemenia Aden, Sana'a

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Martinair Cargo Amsterdam, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chennai, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Hong Kong, Sharjah [9]
Qatar Airways Cargo Amman-Queen Alia, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Bahrain, Cairo, Colombo, Chennai, Chicago-O'Hare, Delhi, Dhaka, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Hahn, Hong Kong, Houston-Intercontinental, Karachi, Khartoum, Kolkata, Kuwait, Lahore, Luxembourg, Milan-Malpensa, Mumbai, Nairobi, Riyadh, Sana'a, Sialkot, Thiruvanathapuram, Toronto-Pearson, Tripoli, Tunis

Accidents and incidents

  • On 9 November 1970, a Douglas C-47 on a flight from Dubai International Airport to Bandar Abbas Airport was hijacked and diverted to Doha Airport.[10]
  • On 13 March 1979, an Alia Jordanian Boeing 727 crashed on landing at Doha airport in Qatar. Three crew members and 42 passengers were killed. The aircraft was written-off.


Since 1998, the number of passengers and total cargo load has significantly increased

Statistics for Doha International Airport
Year Total Passengers Total Cargo (tons) Total Cargo (1000s lbs) Aircraft Movements
1998 2,100,000 86,854    
1999 2,300,000 62,591    
2002 4,406,304 90,879 200,351 77,402
2003[11] 5,245,364 118,406 261,037 42,130
2004[11] 7,079,540 160,088 352,930 51,830
2005[11] 9,377,003 207,988 458,530 59,671
2006[11] 11,954,030 262,061 577,739 103,724
2007[12] 9,459,812 252,935 557,626 65,373
2008[12] 12,272,505 414,872 914,636 90,713
2009[3] 13,113,224 528,906 1,166,038 101,941
2010[3] 15,724,027 707,831 1,560,498 118,751

See also


  1. ^ Airport information for OTBD at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for DOH at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ a b c Doha International Airport - 2009/2010 Statistics
  4. ^ A-Z Group Ltd. "A-Z World Airports Online – Qatar airports – Doha International Airport (DOH/OTBD)". Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Doha International Airport Star Ranking for Doha Airport Product and Service standards
  6. ^ "AQ01_22102009_C.indd" (PDF). Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
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  9. ^ MP cargo summer 2010 time table
  10. ^ "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c d A-Z World Airports Online – Country Index – Qatar airports – Doha International Airport (DOH/OTBD)
  12. ^ a b Doha International Airport - 2007/2008 Statistics

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