In preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the country has geared up for the influx of visitors that will be entering the country. In particular, the two airports in the State along with Qatar Airways are expecting over one million visitors for the event. Hamad International and Doha International are prepped and good to go for the next month.
According to Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker during a media event at the “Passenger Overflow Area” of HIA, “All our airports will be crowded over the next month because of the millions of visitors and VIPs who will be arriving in Doha to watch the World Cup. Next month, our airports will get busier as we are expecting many fans from countries that qualify for the Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.”
These overflow areas will be open 24/7 until the 31st of December to accommodate spectators with food, drinks, gaming areas, retail shopping, and more. There will also be storage services for luggage, as well as quiet spaces, a lost and found, and free Wi-Fi. “The passenger overflow areas will allow fans to experience the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 until the very end of their journey in Qatar. It will allow travellers to utilise their waiting time prior to their flights by enjoying exciting activities, which include shopping, resting and watching football matches,” adds al-Baker.
There will be no check-in service desks, so everyone is encouraged to do their check-ins online to facilitate processes and to avoid any delays at the airport. Additionally, Doha International’s overflow area can accommodate up to 12,000 departing passengers daily, while the Hamad International Airport can accommodate 24,000 passengers every day.
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