Gulf— A definite leader in the aviation business

Published on : Friday, May 30, 2014

Hamad-International-Airport-in-Doha-Qatar-300x168 Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, the largest airport in the Middle East has finally begun it operations early this week. The airport occupies 29 square kilometres, about one third of the Doha city and the total cost behind the project is estimated at $15 billion.
The airport will be provided public spaces for art exhibitions, a VIP terminal inspired by Arabian sailboats and an aquatic themed mosque. The annual capacity of passenger influx will be up to 50 million. This move shows that Doha is trying to diversify its economy along with oil and gas to new trades and tourism opportunities.
Qatar Airway is very excited about the new construction and feels that this will give the airlines unlimited opportunities. The new airport will give passengers better quality of service on ground feels the airlines. Doha like the other gulf countries has begun to recognize the power of aviation as a stable and long term industry directly responsible for the economic growth of any country.
Better aviation facilities help in developing tourism, bringing economic stability and generating jobs. With Dubai as a role model for the rest of the gulf countries its second airport the mammoth Dubai World Central has made a greater difference in Dubai’s economy. There are already plans to increase annual capacity there from the 120 million agreed upon during the initial design phase to over 200 million.


Dubai has plans of creating the world’s largest airport said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. At present Atlanta, Georgia has the largest airport in the world with about 89 million passengers annually. Abu Dhabi is constructing the Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with a capacity of 30 million passengers annually.



There is tough completion between the Middle East nations but what remains to be seen is how fast these projects will bring back the investment that is being put in them. James Hogan CEO of Abu Dhabi carrier, Etihad, said that they are making the move step by step by opening to the U.S. and also maintaining equal focus on the Southeast Asia and other Middle East countries. Etihad is confident that the passenger inflow is growing in the region.
Dubai has topped Heathrow in the first quarter of this year 2014 with 2 million passengers more than Heathrow. Dubai International Airport (a separate facility to Dubai World Central) recorded as the busiest airport shows influx of 18 million passengers while Heathrow shows 16 million passengers only. Gulf is definitely the aviation power in today’s world. It is leading the skies with its very long range modern aircraft. Many other airlines are simply not equipped and don’t stand a chance in front of Gulf’s aviation plans.




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