Last-minute delay for Qatar's new airport

Last-minute delay for Qatar's new airport

Another setback for the country's highly anticipated aviation hub
The design of the airport by global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, HOK. HOK says the project includes a 270,000 square foot retail gallery, a public mosque, two 100-room, five-star hotels and a health spa.

The opening of Qatar's new Hamad International Airport has been hit by another delay.

The airport was due to soft open on April 1 with the arrival of a Qatar Airways plane, local media reported.

But that flight was canceled at the last minute, reportedly due to the airport's failure to meet safety and security standards, according to gulfnews.com.

The airport was originally slated to open in 2010 but that has been pushed back several times.

An announcement on the new opening date will be made in the coming few days, local media reported.

At a reported cost of over US$15 billion, the airport will supersede the current Doha International Airport.

Though the soft opening was planned for early April, Doha News reported that many airlines would not be operating fully out of the airport until at least later this year when shops, lounges and other facilities are completed.

Areas of the airport will be opened in phases and once complete (it is expected to be fully operational in 2020) is expected to handle around 50 million passengers a year.

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