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Qatar’s Hamad International Airport was named as the World’s Best Airport at the prestigious 2024 Skytrax World Airport Awards.

The airport also clinched the title for World’s Best Airport Shopping for the second time in a row and Best Airport in the Middle East for the 10th consecutive year.

Recognition is based on meticulous assessments conducted by air travellers. They evaluated the airport’s operations across key performance indicators and selected it as the best in the world amongst a group of over 500 global contenders.

Qatar Airways Group CEO, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, who spearheaded the development and growth of Hamad International Airport over the past decade, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Hamad International Airport, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of operational excellence, connecting passengers seamlessly from all around the world. It is a testament to the dedication of our team and partners. Our continuous investment in our facilities and pioneering initiatives in retail and hospitality within a single expansive terminal have made this achievement possible.”

He emphasised the importance of understanding passengers’ needs and evolving travel trends: “At the heart of our growth strategy lies the passengers’ journey, their evolving needs and our commitment to meeting and exceeding their expectations. We have introduced a diverse range of experiences at the airport, including ‘Souq Al Matar’, which brings Qatari hospitality and culture closer to travellers, Orchard, the ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation between flights and an array of high-end lounges. We remain dedicated to pushing the boundaries of the industry to maintain our position as the world’s premier airport.”

Hamad International Airport achieved a significant milestone in 2023, witnessing an exceptional surge in passenger traffic. Serving over 45 million passengers, the airport experienced a remarkable 31% increase compared to the previous year, surpassing the momentum established during the historic FIFA World Cup. The airport also welcomed new esteemed airline partners, including Vistara, Iberia, Xiamen Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Japan Airlines, and serves over 250 destinations, including passenger, cargo and chartered flights.

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