Qatar plans to open a new $17 billion Hamad International Airport next week.
Ten discount airlines, including FlyDubai, will move from the current airport to Hamad on April 30, an official at the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said, asking not to be named in accordance with policy. The remaining airlines, including Qatar Airways Ltd., will start using the new airport May 27, once first- and business-class lounges are finished.
Qatar is to complete more than $200 billion of infrastructure, including a $35 billion metro system, a $7 billion port, and new highways, before hosting the 2022 soccer World Cup.
Bechtel Group Inc. was awarded a $5 billion contract in 2004 to build the airport, which will be able to handle 50 million passengers a year.
The new airport will be able to accommodate the A380, the largest passenger plane ever built. Qatar Airways plans to receive its first three of the Airbus Group NV (AIR) planes in June.