Qatar's Hamad airport to be expanded to handle 60 mln passengers

DUBAI, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Qatar’s Hamad International Airport will be expanded to handle over 60 million passengers a year after 2022, the airport said on Tuesday.

Qatar’s main commercial airport, used by state carrier Qatar Airways, handled 34.5 million passengers in 2018.

It has already been announced capacity will be increased to over 53 million passengers a year by 2022 when the Gulf state hosts the FIFA World Cup.

Construction of that expansion, which will link concourse’s D and E, is due to start early next year, the airport said in a statement.

The second phase, where the airport will be able to handle over 60 million passengers, will begin sometime after 2022 and see the expansion of concourse’s D and E.

The expansion includes 11,720 square metres of retail and food & beverage space, a 10,000 square metre indoor tropical garden and a 268 square metre water feature.

A new cargo terminal will also be built, increasing capacity to an estimated 3.2 million tonnes a year by 2023.

Hamad International opened in 2014 with a capacity of around 30 million passengers a year, replacing the Doha International Airport. (Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; editing by David Evans)