Doha International Airport announces infrastructure changesDoha International Airport announces infrastructure changes
In 2012, the new Doha International Airport is set to open in the country of Qatar. Until then, the facility is rolling out changes and additions to enhance its customers' travel experience.
For instance, the airport's original departures terminal has been renamed Terminal A and is now adjacent to the newly built Terminal B. This addition will service the more than 30 international airlines that fly out of the country, while Terminal A will be used exclusively by Qatar Airways. The airline's continuous growth made this separation of departure zones a necessity.
Terminal B features 35 counters in its enlarged check-in area, as well as a lounge devoted to online check-ins, a currency exchange bureau, a customer service desk, a high-tech baggage handling systems and ATM machines. In addition, travelers who require sustenance will find food and beverage outlets and duty free shops.
Meanwhile, Terminal A is still undergoing renovations which are expected to be completed within the coming weeks. These changes will allow for a more spacious check-in area and new boarding gates, in addition to the features that travelers have come to expect, including retail shops and prayer rooms.
Fliers who purchase first class tickets or business class airfares will also have an opportunity to relax in a revamped Oryx Lounge. Located on the the upper level of the airport, this space caters to premium travelers who are looking to unwind during long transits. Guests in the lounge can take advantage of a business center, shower facilities or enjoy the wide array of refreshments that are available.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group's chief executive officer, was in attendance at Terminal B's launch, and was pleased to help inaugurate infrastructure improvements that will help manage the growing number of travelers flying in and out of the airport.
"Our aim is to provide travelers with an enhanced travel experience," says Al Baker. "The upgrade of Doha International Airport is part of a multi-million dollar investment in improved facilities ahead of the opening of the New Doha International Airport, which promises to be one of the most advanced airports in the world when it opens next year."
In addition to its structural changes, the airport has redesigned its website to keep individuals up-to-date on the latest developments that might affect their travel plans.