Hamad International Airport sees 45 million passengers in 2023

Airside view of Doha Hamad International Airport.
Photo Credit: Hamad International Airport

Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) surpassed expectations in 2023 by serving an impressive 45,916,104 passengers, showcasing a staggering 31% increase from the previous year.

This surge continued the upward momentum initiated during the historic FIFA World Cup, solidifying DOH as a key player in the aviation industry.

Since its inception in 2014, the airport which is the “Beating Heart of Qatar”, has consistently demonstrated robust growth, reaching a cumulative passenger count of nearly 303 million.

This achievement reflects a remarkable 63% increase in annual passenger volume since its inauguration, positioning Hamad International Airport among the World’s Busiest Airports of 2023, according to OAG’s Global Airline Schedules Data.

Aircraft Movements and Cargo Operations

A pivotal factor in DOH’s success lies in its bustling skies. The airport reported an astounding 252,059 aircraft movements in 2023, marking a 22% increase from the previous year.

Simultaneously, cargo operations witnessed substantial growth, totaling 2,340,711 tons. Serving 52 airlines, Hamad International Airport continues to be a global aviation hub.


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Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, emphasizes the significance of these achievements, stating, “We’re not simply moving people, we’re shaping the future of travel.”

This sentiment encapsulates the airport’s commitment to excellence and innovation.

Global Partnerships: Expanding Horizons

Hamad International Airport’s national carrier, Qatar Airways, unveiled its 2024 Network Expansion, introducing an exciting summer schedule to enhance passenger connectivity to Europe’s cities.

With expansions to Hamburg and the return to Venice, the award-winning airline strengthens its global network.

Beyond Qatar Airways, DOH has forged partnerships with esteemed airlines like Vistara, Air Iberia, Xiamen, and more in 2023.

Serving 255 destinations, including passenger, cargo, and chartered flights, the airport solidifies its position as a global aviation leader.

Awards and Accolades

In the pursuit of excellence, Hamad International Airport earned accolades, ranking as the second most connected airport in the Middle East according to the Airports Council International (ACI) Index.

Notable titles in 2023 include World’s Second-Best Airport, World’s Best Airport Shopping, and Cleanest Airport in the Middle East by the Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Technology and Passengers

Embracing innovation, DOH introduces cutting-edge technologies to enhance passenger experiences.

QR codes facilitate seamless wayfinding, and 40 Passenger Digital Assistance kiosks provide real-time support. ACI’s accessibility accreditation further underscores DOH’s commitment to inclusivity.

The airport’s technological prowess extends to its iconic features, such as the ORCHARD, a renowned indoor tropical garden.

The recent addition, ‘Souq Al Matar,’ brings a taste of Qatari culture to the airport, enriching the travel experience.

A Memorable Year and a Promising Future

As Hamad International Airport advances into phase B of its expansion plans, the trajectory is set for an even grander scale.

Ambitious plans aim to welcome over 70 million travelers annually, supporting Qatar Airways’ growth and contributing to the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030.

2023 was indeed a memorable year, but the curtains gracefully close as DOH looks forward to a promising 2024.

Anticipating new airline partners, increased connectivity, and support for hosting world-class events, Hamad International Airport is on the brink of celebrating its 10th year of operations—a decade marked by sustained growth, innovation, and unparalleled excellence.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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