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Qatar's new $15.5 billion airport's opening delayed because of "new safety requirements"

The opening of Doha's new Hamad International Airport was delayed because the gateway does not meet “newly introduced safety and security requirements” of Qatar's Civil Defence Department, the airport said.

The opening of Doha's new Hamad International Airport was delayed because the gateway does not meet “newly introduced safety and security requirements” of Qatar's Civil Defence Department, the airport said.

The airport was due to open on April 1 and handle its first flight from Qatar Airways, but operations were subsequently cancelled.

Abdulaziz Al Noaimi, chairman of the NDIA steering committee, said: “The delay of operations at Hamad International Airport occurred due to the airport not meeting the newly introduced safety and security requirements of the Civil Defence Department.”



The steering committee said it commended the efforts of the Department of Civil Defence for its commitment to raising standards of safety and security in Qatar.

Al Noaimi added that the Hamad International Airport project had been completed by a number of international contractors who had “supervised the system readiness of the airport” and had already issued international safety and security certificates.



When it does open, according to Al Noaimi, Hamad International Airport will become one of the world’s most technologically advanced airports, purpose built to serve the latest advancements in aviation and passenger needs of the 21st century.

In its first phase, the airport will be served by 10 passenger airlines that will take off and land on the eastern runway – one of the longest commercial runways in the world at 4,850 metres.

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