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Article from BTNews 3 SEPTEMBER 2012

Doha Airport delayed

The much-anticipated New Doha International Airport (NDIA) has been delayed and will not open for passenger traffic until the second half of 2013, according to an article in The Moodie Report.

The original scheduled opening date was 12 December this year but this has been delayed due to the airport operator deciding to part company with a key contractor.

“However, some NDIA facilities will open around the end of this year, including cargo, the VIP Terminal and the maintenance base for Qatar Airways”, Akbar Al Baker the airport’s Chief Executive told Michael Moodie.  “And we have already started the operational readiness programme – ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer)”.

Al Baker, who is also CEO of Qatar Airways, reaffirmed his vision that NDIA will be a ground-breaking international airport of the highest quality.  “We want a world-class facility”, he said.  “We will not compromise on quality.  We will not compromise on standards.  I think when you put everything together, there will be no other airport of such a high standard… including the high level of finishing and the high quality of materials that have been used”. www.dohaairport.com www.moodiereport.com

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